BA, MA, MSc, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
I am interested in how the brain makes complex decisions, for example decisions about novel items whose value has not been learned by extensive practice. I am also interested in how the brain encodes and processes complex cognitive representations and use them to make inferences. Additionally, I bring a special attention to how such thinking and decision-making are influenced by motivational factors.
A common thread is that I am intrigued by the similarities in cognition between humans and other primates, as well as by the differences between biological and artificial decision-makers.
My research has combined non-invasive tools in non-human primates, such as functional MRI and transcranial ultrasound stimulation, with computational modelling.
I have a degree in philosophy and one in neuroscience. I did my PhD under the supervision of prof. Matthew Rushworth.
Activation and disruption of a neural mechanism for novel choice in monkeys
BONGIOANNI A. et al, (2021), Nature
Multiple systems in macaques for tracking prediction errors and other types of surprise.
Grohn J. et al, (2020), PLoS Biol, 18
A Basal Forebrain-Cingulate Circuit in Macaques Decides It Is Time to Act.
Khalighinejad N. et al, (2020), Neuron, 105, 370 - 384.e8