Two EP researchers have been awarded presitgious fellowships to conduct research in Oxford.
Dr. Jerome Sallet has been awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship by the Royal Society/Wellcome Trust. This is a highly competitive award providing funding over 5 years. Dr. Sallet's research focussed on the neural mechanisms that underlie social behaviour in primates. To social species such as primates, the ability to use social information is essential to gain access to valued resources. Impairment in socio-cognitive abilities is a key feature of many brain disorders (e.g. autism). The overall goal of my research is to understand the neuronal architecture and mechanisms supporting these processes in the normal brain. Within this framework, the proposed project aims at answering the following questions. How do we learn the value of information provided by other social agents?
How do we use social information to guide our decisions?
Dr. Matthew Apps has been awarded a BBSRC Anniversary Future Leaders Fellowship. Dr. Apps' work will focus on understanding and modulating apathy in healthy people.