I am a Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow at the Department of Experimental Psychology and Principal Investigator at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging where I lead the Metacognition Group.
The question that drives most of what we do in the lab is: what supports the remarkable capacity for human self-awareness? To address this question we combine experimental and theoretical approaches (psychophysics, computational modelling, neuroimaging) to understand how people become self-aware of aspects of their cognition and behaviour (such as perception, memory and decision-making), and why such awareness is often impaired in psychiatric and neurological disorders. Current interests focus on understanding contributions of human prefrontal cortex to metacognition, and how self-awareness and social cognition may share a core neurocomputational basis.
On the web
- Mistaking imagination for reality: Congruent mental imagery leads to more liberal perceptual detection. Cognition, 212, 104719-104719 DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2021.104719
- Confirmation bias is adaptive when coupled with efficient metacognition. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 376 (1822), 20200131-20200131 DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2020.0131
- The Dunning-Kruger effect revisited. Nature Human Behaviour DOI: 10.1038/s41562-021-01101-z
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