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Ondrej completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology and Marketing at University of Aberystwyth, Wales. As part of his studies, he spent a year working as a research assistant at California Institute of Technology in the lab of Professor John O’Doherty, focusing on research into neural basis of decision-making and learning. From 2014, he worked as a research assistant at Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain Centre (FMRIB) at University of Oxford under supervision of Dr. Sonia Bishop, investigating the effects of affective disorders on human learning and decision-making. In 2015, Ondrej started his doctoral work focusing on computational modelling of aversive learning under supervision of Dr. Katja Wiech and Dr. Rafal Bogacz. In 2018, he spent several months at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, where he worked with Dr. Nicolas Schuck on a project investigating the role of environmental statistics on state learning. 

Ondřej Zíka

BScEcon (Hons)

DPhil Student in Clinical Neuroscience


My research uses methods from computational neuroscience to investigate how humans make decisions and learn in situations involving negative prospects or outcomes and how the brain processes aversive and pain-related information. The combination of computational methods, psychology and neuroscience has recently provided novel insights into human brain functions. This DPhil project will capitalize on these advances to answer specific questions about the nature of human decision-making in the context of pain and aversive processing.



The DPhil work is supervised by Dr. Katja Wiech and Dr. Rafal Bogacz.



The DPhil is funded jointly by The Medical Research Council and The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

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