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Michał J. Wójcik


DPhil Candidate

  • Attention & Working memory Lab (Stokes Lab) & Cognitive Computational Neuroscience Lab (Hunt Lab)

Using a machine learning framework to understand the function of the prefrontal cortex


Michał is a final year DPhil student currently supervised by Laurence Hunt, Nicholas Myers and previously by Mark Stokes. His research focuses on using a machine-learning oriented framework to understand how biological circuits give rise to higher cognition. He is especially interested in the processes of abstraction and generalisation and how their learning dynamics can be explained and predicted by neural networks models. To capture how neural activity changes over the course of learning, he uses human electroencephalography (EEG) and high resolution neural population recordings from non-human primates. He is funded by the Clarendon Fund Scholarship in partnership with the Saven European Scholarship.


Wojcik, M. J., Stroud, J. P., Wasmuht, D. F., Kusunoku, M., Kadohisa, M., Myers, N. E., ... & Stokes, M. G. (2023). Learning shapes neural geometry in the prefrontal cortex. bioRxiv, 2023-04.

Żochowska, A., Nowicka, M. M., Wójcik, M. J., & Nowicka, A. (2021). Self-face and emotional faces—are they alike? Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 16(6), 593-607.

Doradzińska, L., Wójcik, M. J., Paź, M., Nowicka, M. M., Nowicka, A., & Bola, M. (2020). Unconscious perception of one's own name modulates amplitude of the P3B ERP component. Neuropsychologia, 147, 107564.

Wójcik, M. J., Nowicka, M. M., Bola, M., & Nowicka, A. (2019). Unconscious detection of one’s own image. Psychological science30(4), 471-480.

Wójcik, M. J., Nowicka, M. M., Kotlewska, I., Nowicka, A. (2018) Self-face captures, holds and biases attention. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:2371.

Nowicka, M. M., Wójcik, M. J., Kotlewska, I., Bola, M., & Nowicka, A. (2018). The impact of self-esteem on the preferential processing of self-related information: electrophysiological correlates of explicit self vs. other evaluation. PloS one, 13:7.

Kotlewska, I., Wójcik, M. J., Nowicka, M. M., Marczak, K., Nowicka, A. (2017) Present and past selves: a steady-state visual evoked potentials approach to self-face processing. Scientific Reports, 7:16438.

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