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Tanja Mueller

B.Sc., M.Sc.

D.Phil. Student, Oxford Cognitive Neuropsychology Centre

Research Summary

Research summary

My present research focuses on the mechanisms that underlie our motivation and decisions about whether to engage in a task, particularly when we become fatigued over time. To investigate these, I use cost-benefit decision-making paradigms in combination with functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and computational modelling approaches.

In another but somewhat related line of research, I am investigating how social context influences our visual attention by using behavioural and electrophysiological measures.


I received a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Freiburg, Germany, before working as a research intern at Stanford University School of Medicine and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in a project evaluating the effects of a breathing training and sleep hygiene treatment on psychological and physiological hyperarousal in veterans with PTSD. Following this, I completed an international M.Sc. programme in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, focusing on research on visual attention and perception, and spent one term at St Catherine´s College, University of Oxford, studying Quantitative Methods and Social Psychology. Currently, I am a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) student at the Department of Experimental Psychology.

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