Collegiate Affiliation

My research investigates how humans make decisions, and how these differ in people with psychiatric and neurological diseases. To analyze this, I combine tools from cognitive neuroscience with neuroeconomics and computational models. One topic of particular focus is decision-making under uncertainty. I research this both at an individual/perceptual level (how do people combine uncertain prior and current information in a sensorimotor task) and at a social level (trusting others in the face of social uncertainty). Furthermore, I look at how these processes are represented in the brain. Computational models are then used to explain the resulting behaviors, and to offer a principled understanding of decision-making in health and disease.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • PhD: Neuroscience, Northwestern University / Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Dec 2013
  • MSc: Mathematics Applied to the Biological Sciences, Technical University of Lisbon, 2008
  • BSc/Licenciatura: Biology, University of Lisbon, 2005


  • Neuroeconomics
  • Decision-making
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Functional neuroimaging
  • Computational Psychiatry