Current lab members


Maarten Speekenbrink

Associate Professor in Mathematical Psychology

My research focuses on learning and decision making. I approach these topics with a combination of behavioural experiments and computational modelling. I am also interested in optimal experimental design, in particular to distinguish between formal models of cognition.


Sabine Topf

PhD student

In my research, I focus on how learning from others informs individual behaviour and decision making. That is, if we have evidence of other people’s behaviour without being able to query the reasoning behind the behaviour (e.g., observing recycling bins ready for collection outside someone’s house), how does that influence our own behaviour? - Do we recycle more, maybe because it appears to be a social norm? Recycle less because someone else is taking care of environmental problems, giving us the chance to free-ride? Infer the goal and apply it to a different area (reduce water consumption, for instance)? I am going to mainly use behavioural experiments and agent based modelling to answer these questions.


Ismail Guennouni

MSc student

Ismail joined the lab to work on research investigating learning in interpersonal games. He is currently completing an MSci in Computer Science and will return to the lab to work on his PhD afterwards.

Lab alumni


Hannah Tickle

PhD student (2013 - 2018)

Hannah joined the lab as a PhD student in 2013, and was jointly supervised by Chris Summerfield in Oxford. She worked on various projects in perceptual decision making, using behavioural studies, computational modelling, and EEG analysis. After completing her PhD, she took a job at Memrise and a part-time position as a post-doc in the Summerfield lab.


Eric Schulz

PhD student (2014 - 2017)

Eric first joined the lab as an MSc student in 2010, then as an MRes student in 2013, and finally as a PhD student (2014 - 2017). Eric worked on various projects, focusing in particular on functional generalization in reinforcement learning with Gaussian Processes. After leaving the lab, he became a Harvard Data Science fellow, working with Sam Gershman and Josh Tenenbaum.


Hrvoje Stojic

Visiting PhD student (2015 - 2017)

Hrvoje first visited the lab in 2014 whilst a PhD student with Robin Hogarth at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He later returned for other visits in 2016 and 2017. We worked on various projects related to reinforcement learning, contextual bandits, and strategy selection. After receiving his PhD, he became a postdoc at UCL, working with Ray Dolan.


Adrian Walker

Visiting PhD student (2018 - 2018)

Adrian is a PhD student from the University of New South Wales. He visited the Speekenbrink lab in early 2018 to work on a project modelling reaction times in reinforcement learning tasks.


Charley Wu

Visiting PhD student (2016 - 2016)

Charley is a PhD student at the Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. He visited the Speekenbrink lab in 2016 to develop the spatially correlated bandit paradigm.


Aline Seitz (2017-2018, MSc student)

Aline joined the lab from the MSc Behaviour Change programme to work on research investigating the effect of behavioural traces on donations to an environmental charity.

Alzbeta Gabalova (2017-2018, MSc student)

Alzbeta worked on an project investigating social learning in interpersonal games (the “beauty contest” game).

Felix Schmirler (2017-2018, MSc student)

Felix joined the lab from the MSc Industrial/Organizational and Business Psychology programme to work on research investigating voice modulation and voice perception in a sales context.

Karolin Salmen (2017-2018, MSc student)

Karolin joined the lab from the MSc Social Cognition to work on research investigating the effect of others’ judgments and their social group on updating beliefs by individuals.

Lucija Vihar (2017-2018, MSc student)

Lucija joined the lab from the MSc Behaviour Change programme to work on research investigating the effect of behavioural traces on recycling behaviour.

Michael Wiewiorski (2016-2017, MSc student)

Michael worked on a project assessing how an opponent’s strategy affects people’s own strategy in a simple two-player game.

Moritz Krusche (2016-2017, MSc student)

Moritz worked on a project investigating planning in complex reinforcement learning tasks. After leaving the lab, he took on a PhD position at Warwick Business School, working with Nick Chater and Adam Sanborn.

Neo Poon (2016-2017, MSc student)

Neo worked on a project investigating how Query Theory can explain the “pioneer effect”. After leaving the lab, he took on a PhD position at Warwick Business School.

Thomas Verbeek (2016-2017, MSc student)

Thomas worked on a project investigating the distinction between model-based and model-free reinforcement learning.

Yee Siang Chng (2016-2017, MSc student)

YS worked on a project investigating the distinction between state and reward functions in reinforcement learning.

Raphael Becanne (2015-2016, MSc student)

Raphael worked on a project investigating reliance on model-free vs model-based reinforcement learning in a simplified two-player version of poker.

Anisha Singh (2014-2015, MSc student)

Anisha worked on a project investigating the relation between strategies and the evaluations of other players in a simplified two-player version of poker.

Jochen Baumeister (2014-2015, MSc student)

Jochen worked on a project investigating preference stabilization.

Thomas Tawse (2014-2015, MSc student)

Thomas worked on a project related to the exploration/exploitation dilemma.

Anastasios Hadjianastasiou (2012-2013, MSc student)

Anastasios worked on a project to investigate stabilization of preference with experience.

Audrey Karina (2012-2013, MSc student)

Audry worked on a project investigating model-based and model-free reinforcement learning.

Andrea Krajciova (2007-2008, MSc student)

Andrea worked on a project to investigate cue learning in a changing environment.

Chiung-Fang Liang (-, MSc student)

Gareth Webb (-, MSc student)

Akhat Rakishev (2017-2018, BSc student)

Akhat conducted his BSc Psychology research on how people learn about the volatility in the environment and how this affects their rate of learning.

Ryan Tan (2016-2017, BSc student)

Ryan worked on a project investigating framing effects in a multi-armed bandit task.

Anthony Leung (2015-2016, BSc student)

Anthony worked on a project investigating people’s ability to produce random sequences in games.

Benjamin Chang (2015-2016, BSc student)

Benjamin worked on a project investigating preference stabilization.

Florence Ho (2015-2016, BSc student)

Florence worked on a project investigaing the influence of volatility, stakes, and personality on exploration- exploitation behaviour.

James Chu (2015-2016, BSc student)

James worked on a project investigating safe exploration in a reinforcemtn learning task.

Nadia Alam (2015-2016, BSc student)

Nadia worked on a project investigating the effect of information frequency on evidence weighting in perceptual decisions.

Nora Li (2015-2016, BSc student)

Nora worked on a project investigating the effects of foregone payoffs on exploration-exploitation behaviour.

Sofia Melnikaite (2014-2015, BSc student)

Sofija worked on a project investigating how people learn to cooperate in multi-player games from their opponents’ strategies.

James Carragher (2013-2014, BSc student)

James worked on a project investigating the influence of information about foregone payoffs on exploration- exploitation behaviour.

Shouhao Goh (2012-2013, BSc student)

Shouhao worked on a project investigating model-based and model-free learning.

Adam Lipman (2011-2012, BSc student)

Adam worked on a project investigating framing effects in decisions from experience.

Luke Prince (2011-2012, BSc student)

Luke worked on a project related to model-based vs model-free reinforcement learning.

Zehra Moinuddin (2010-2011, BSc student)

Zehra worked on a project to investigate whether there is a difference between learning when focussed on predicting vs. controlling outcomes.

Stephanie Lee (2008-2009, BSc student)

Ed Humphreys (-, BSc student)

Folasade Adu (-, BSc student)

Ho Chuan Calwin (-, BSc student)

Niroshan Dayalan (-, BSc student)

Niroshan worked on a project investigating evidence integration in perceptual decisions.

Minho Shin (2018-, Visiting BSc student)

Minho is an undergraduate student from South Korea, visiting the Speekenbrink lab at the start of 2018 as an intern to learn more about decision making and computational modeling.

Collaborators