Benedetto De Martino

Benedetto De Martino

University position

Senior Research Associate

Benedetto De Martino is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


Department of Psychology


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Research Themes

Systems and Computational Neuroscience

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


My research aims to provide a mechanistic understanding on how the brain constructs the values used to guide choice. I approach this complex problem by combining a number of different theoretical frameworks from economics and computational neuroscience with cutting-edge tools from experimental neuroscience. This interdisciplinary approach aims to shed light on why human decisions are so often imperfect, helping policymakers and economists in designing new interventions and institutions to improve them.

Computation of confidence in vmPFC (see De Martino et al. 2013 NN)
Computation of confidence in vmPFC (see De Martino et al. 2013 NN)
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Research Focus



computational modelling




Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance


Behavioural analysis

Computational modelling

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing



Daniel Wolpert

United Kingdom

Peter Dayan

Dharshan Kumaran

Brad Love

Tali Sharot


Steve Fleming

John O'Doherty

Christian Ruff

Associated News Items



De Martino B, Fleming SM, Garrett N, Dolan RJ (2013), “Confidence in value-based choice.” Nat Neurosci 16(1):105-10 Details

De Martino B, O'Doherty JP, Ray D, Bossaerts P, Camerer C (2013), “In the mind of the market: theory of mind biases value computation during financial bubbles.” Neuron 79(6):1222-31 Details


Chib VS, De Martino B, Shimojo S, O'Doherty JP (2012), “Neural mechanisms underlying paradoxical performance for monetary incentives are driven by loss aversion.” Neuron 74(3):582-94 Details

Soltani A, De Martino B, Camerer C (2012), “A range-normalization model of context-dependent choice: a new model and evidence.” PLoS Comput Biol 8(7):e1002607 Details


De Martino B, Camerer CF, Adolphs R (2010), “Amygdala damage eliminates monetary loss aversion.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107(8):3788-92 Details


De Martino B, Kalisch R, Rees G, Dolan RJ (2009), “Enhanced processing of threat stimuli under limited attentional resources.” Cereb Cortex 19(1):127-33 Details

De Martino B, Kumaran D, Holt B, Dolan RJ (2009), “The neurobiology of reference-dependent value computation.” J Neurosci 29(12):3833-42 Details

Kalisch R, Holt B, Petrovic P, De Martino B, Klöppel S, Büchel C, Dolan RJ (2009), “The NMDA agonist D-cycloserine facilitates fear memory consolidation in humans.” Cereb Cortex 19(1):187-96 Details

Roiser JP, de Martino B, Tan GC, Kumaran D, Seymour B, Wood NW, Dolan RJ (2009), “A genetically mediated bias in decision making driven by failure of amygdala control.” J Neurosci 29(18):5985-91 Details

Sharot T, De Martino B, Dolan RJ (2009), “How choice reveals and shapes expected hedonic outcome.” J Neurosci 29(12):3760-5 Details


De Martino B, Harrison NA, Knafo S, Bird G, Dolan RJ (2008), “Explaining enhanced logical consistency during decision making in autism.” J Neurosci 28(42):10746-50 Details

De Martino B, Strange BA, Dolan RJ (2008), “Noradrenergic neuromodulation of human attention for emotional and neutral stimuli.” Psychopharmacology (Berl) 197(1):127-36 Details

Petrovic P, Pleger B, Seymour B, Klöppel S, De Martino B, Critchley H, Dolan RJ (2008), “Blocking central opiate function modulates hedonic impact and anterior cingulate response to rewards and losses.” J Neurosci 28(42):10509-16 Details


De Martino B, Kumaran D, Seymour B, Dolan RJ (2006), “Frames, biases, and rational decision-making in the human brain.” Science 313(5787):684-7 Details