Neil Garrett: PhD Student

My PhD research is a continuation of the work carried out during my MSc, investigating the neural basis of value-based choice. Specifically, I am investigating how individuals integrate different variables such as confidence, memories and knowledge about third parties to derive composite values to different options and proceed to compare options with one another. I am exploring the biological basis of these processes using state-of-the-art rapid event-related fMRI in combination with computational models in an attempt to better understand the underlying neural mechanisms.

Contact: neil.garrett.10 (at) (email)


Garrett, N. & Sharot, T. (2016) The Myth of a Pessimistic View of Optimistic Belief Updating – A Commentary on Shah et al.SSRN. 

Garrett, N. & Sharot, T. (2016) Optimistic Update for Positive Life Events? An Unbiased TestSSRN. 

Sharot, T. Garrett, N. (2016) Forming Beliefs: Why Valence MattersTrends in Cognitive Sciences. 20(1).

Moutsiana, C., Charpentier, C., Garrett, N., Cohen, M.X. & Sharot, T. (2015) Human frontal-subcortical circuit and asymmetric belief updatingJournal of Neuroscience35(42): 14077-14085.

Garrett, N., Sharot, T., Faulkner P., Korn C. W., Roiser J. P. & Dolan R. J. (2014) Losing the rose tinted glasses: neural substrates of unbiased belief updating in depression. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8:639.

Garrett, N. & Sharot, T. (2014) How robust is the optimistic update bias for estimating self-risk and population base rates? PLoS ONE,  9(6): e98848.

Charpentier, C., Moutsiana, C., Garrett, N. & Sharot, T. (2014) The Brain’s Temporal Dynamics from a Collective Decision to Individual ActionJournal of Neuroscience, 34(17): 5816-5823.

Moutsiana, C., Garrett, N., Clarke, R.C., Lotto, R.B., Blakemore, S.J. & Sharot, T. (2013) Human development of the ability to learn from bad news. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, 110 (41): 16396–16401.

De Martino, B., Fleming, S., Garrett, N. & Dolan, R. (2013). Confidence in value-based choice. Nature Neuroscience, 16, 105–110.