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Lisa Spiering

BSc Psychology; MSc Neuroscience


DPhil student

I am a DPhil student at the Department of Experimental Psychology. My research focusses on the neural circuits that allow humans to learn and make decisions, and how these mechanisms go awry when people suffer from psychological illness. In particular, I study people’s perception of themselves and their environment and how these are negatively biased in depression. To this end, I am using behavioural studies and neuroimaging in combination with computational modelling, such as reinforcement and Bayesian learning models.

My DPhil is funded by the Oxford-Radcliffe Medical Sciences Graduate School Scholarship and I am supervised by Matthew Rushworth and Jacqueline Scholl. Prior to my DPhil, I completed a Master of Science degree in Neuroscience (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany), and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany).