People


Current Lab Members

You learn more about the background and different research areas of different lab members by clicking on the images below. You can also see our current and previous collaborators.


Professor Tali Sharot
Director of the Affective Brain Lab
Tali Sharot is the director of the Affective Brain Lab. She is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow.
Dr. Irene Cogliati Dezza
Postdoctoral fellow
Irene is a postdoctoral researcher. She investigates information-seeking in typical and atypical brain using psychological, neuroimaging and computational methods.
Bastien Blain
Dr. Bastien Blain
Postdoctoral fellow
Bastien is a postdoctoral researcher interested in the role of anticipation and mood and how it affects temporal discounting. He uses computational modelling and neuroimaging to examine the relationship between mood, learning and decision making.
Dr. Liron Rozenkrantz
Postdoctoral fellow Affiliate
Liron is a postdoctoral researcher in the Gabrielli Lab at M.I.T. Brain and Cognitive Department, interested in cognitive biases and motivated belief-updating. She is also affiliated with Harvard's Program in Placebo Studies.
Moshe Glickman
Dr. Moshe Glickman
Incoming postdoc (Dec, 2020)
Moshe is an incoming postdoctoral researcher, studying the algorithm underlying perceptual and value-based decisions using computational and behavioral methods.
Chris Kelly
PhD Student
Chris Kelly is a PhD student investigating the influence of cognitive biases on human decision making in uncertain environments.
Valentina Vellani
Valentina Vellani
PhD Student
Valentina is a PhD student in the Affective Brain Lab. She is investigating how stress influences information processing.
Laura Globig
PhD student
Laura Globig is a PhD student studying social information seeking and mental health.
Sarah Zheng
PhD Student
Sarah is a PhD student ("Security & Crime Sciences" program) investigating behavioural patterns in people's ability to detect cybersecurity threats, using methods from behavioural data science and neuropsychology.
Sims Witherspoon
Sims Witherspoon
Msc Intern
Sims works at Artificial Intelligence organisation DeepMind and is an MSc student at UCL. She is interested in the intersection of AI, neuroscience, and mental health.
Gaia Molinaro
Gaia Molinaro
Master student
Gaia is an MSc student at UCL. She is interested in human and artificial learning and decision-making, and the role of emotions in such processes.
Christina Maher
Msc Intern
Christina is an MSc student at UCL. She is interested in the influence of stress and uncertainty upon human decision making, information seeking, and learning.
Sofia Gumilevskaya
Sofia Gumilevskaya
Summer intern
Sofia is a summer intern investigating the effects of stress on information-seeking. She holds an MA in Psychology and Business from the University of Edinburgh and is currently completing her MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL.

Previous Lab Members

Former Teaching Fellow

Stephanie Lazzaro: Lecturer at Yale University

Former Post Docs

Christina Moutsiana:  Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Westminster, London.

Andreas Kappes:  Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at City, University of London.

Kaustubh Patil:  Research Fellow at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Research Centre Juelich.

Donal Cahill: Quantitative User Experience Researcher at Google Headquarters.

Eleanor Loh:  Research Scientist at Facebook.

Former PhD Students

Filip Gęsiarz: Behavioral Insight Team (aka the UK Nudge Team)

Neil Garrett: Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at the Daw lab Princeton University

Caroline Charpentier: Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at the O’doherty lab Caltech

Sebastian Bobadilla Suarez: Now a Post Doc at The Love Lab, University College London.

Former MSc Students

Isabella De Taranto

Eloise Copland: Now working as a behavioural scientist at Influence At Work UK.

Lianne de Vries: Now a PhD student at the Vrije universiteit Amsterdam

Phoebe Chen: Now working as a research assistant at the cognitive psychology lab at National Chengchi University, Taipei.

Rose Cooper: Now a Post Doc at Boston College.

Ana Maria González Garzón: Now teaching at the Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota.

Samuel Gibbon

Tena Nevidal

Former Undergraduate Research Assistants, Interns and visiting PhD students

Jingxiu Cheng

Maria Tudor

Kristin Witte

Gloria Feng: Lab manager, Rutledge lab, Yale University

Yulin Wang: doing a joint PhD between Vrije Universteit Brussel and University of Ghent

Phoebe Crosthwaite: Finishing her degree at Stanford University

Josie Munoz: Finishing her degree at Cardiff University

Laura Weidinger: Finishing a Master’s degree at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Anna Theresa Eckes: Finishing her degree at University of Münster

Paula Wicher: Now a research assistant at the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Jay See Tow: Finishing his degree at University College London.

Lucy Li: Now doing a PhD at Cornell University.

Daniel Murage: Studying a MFA–Fiction program at NYU.

Tara Srirangarajan: Finishing her BSc at Northeastern University.

Lena Coutrot: Now doing an MSc in Cognitive Science at Ecole Normale Supérieure.

Julia Folz: Now doing an MSc in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology at LMU Munich.

Lennart Wittkuhn: Starting a PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin in October.

Maria Gädeke: Finishing a Master’s of Neurosciences at the University of Bonn.

Sarah Hadden: Former Research Assistant.

Anja Hallan-Wolff: Studying a degree in clinical psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Molly Wilner: Student at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New Y