Tali Sharot: Principal Investigator

I am the director of the Affective Brain Lab (funded by a fellowship from the Wellcome Trust) and a Reader (Associate Professor) of Cognitive Neuroscience in the department of Experimental Psychology at University College London.

My lab investigates how motivation and emotion determine our expectations of the future, our everyday decisions, our memories and our ability to learn. By understanding the brain mechanisms that mediate these effects we aim to identify ways to encourage behavioural change that enhance well-being. I am interested in questions such as when and how do other people influence our decisions and judgments? why do we process information in a biased manner? when, how, and why do people deceive themselves? how do these process go awry in depression?

To learn more click on the links below:

  1. The optimism Bias
  2. The Neuroscience of Preference and Choice
  1. Time Magazine (Cover)
  2. New York Times
  3. Observer

Contact: t.sharot (at) ucl.ac.uk (email)