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Laurence Hunt


NIHR/Wellcome Senior Postdoctoral Researcher

Computational neuroscience and neuroimaging

Laurence Hunt is a senior postdoctoral researcher funded jointly by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging.

He studied pre-clinical Medicine at Cambridge University, before completing a DPhil in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford from 2007-11. He then moved to University College London on a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship, before returning to Oxford in 2017.

His research to date has primarily addressed the neural mechanisms by which we make decisions. To gain insight into these mechanisms, he has used mathematical models that make precise predictions of both behavioural and neural data. He then tests these predictions using a range of techniques in both humans and animals.

His main contributions include new approaches to testing formal computational models of social cognition in humans; developing neuroimaging measures of attractor network models of decision making; and linking cellular and neuroimaging data via parallel experiments in humans and animal models.

His current research interests focus on the psychopharmacology of decision making. He also supports other researchers within the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging with computational modelling of behavioural and neural data.

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