Mr Jascha Achterberg


University position

PhD student
Supervised by John Duncan

Institutes

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

Email

jascha.achterberg@mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk

Home page

https://www.jachterberg.com (personal home page)

Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Systems and Computational Neuroscience

Interests

As a part of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit I am studying the neuronal dynamics of complex problem solving and computations underlying general intelligence in brains and machines. I am especially interested in rapid One-Shot learning and compositional problem solving to understand how we can flexibly construct attentional episodes to decompose problems into easier subparts and find generalisable solutions in changing environment. I investigate those mechanisms using electrophysiological / spike data, neural networks, and mathematical process models.

My work is supervised by John Duncan (Cambridge) and Matt Botvinick (Google DeepMind) and funded by a Gates Scholarship. Before I was a scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).

Research Focus

Keywords

cognitive control

attention

intelligence

planning

frontal lobe

Clinical conditions

Cognitive impairment

Equipment

Behavioural analysis

Computational modelling

Electrophysiological recording techniques

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing

Collaborators

Cambridge

Danyal Akarca

Duncan Astle

John Duncan

International

Matthew Botvinick Web: https://deepmind.com

DJ Strouse Web: https://djstrouse.com

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