Dr Rebecca Lawson

University position

Lecturer

Dr Rebecca Lawson is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.

Departments

Department of Psychology

Institutes

Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute

Email

rl337@cam.ac.uk

Home page

https://www.lawsonlab.co.uk/ (personal home page)

Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Systems and Computational Neuroscience

Interests

We all have expectations about how the how the world should look, feel, smell, taste and sound. These expectations act as predictions to guide us when we are uncertain, and signal when something out of the ordinary is happening.

My work uses computational models, pharmacology and brain imaging to understand how humans learn to build adaptive expectations about the world around us, other people and ourselves.

The aim is to understand how and when predictions are realised in the brain, how these mechanisms develop in babies and how they might underlie individual differences in how the world is experienced by people with neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric conditions.

Research Focus

Keywords

None specified

Clinical conditions

Autism

Depressive disorders

No direct clinical relevance

Schizophrenia

Equipment

Behavioural analysis

Computational modelling

Eyetracking

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing

Pharmacology

Collaborators

Cambridge

Simon Baron-Cohrn

Mark Johnson

Graham Murray

Trevor Robbins

United Kingdom

Karl Friston Web: http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/~karl/

Geraint Rees Web: https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/br...

Jonathan Roiser Web: https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/br...

International

Jakob Hohwy Web: http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/jakob-h...

Yutaka Komura Web: http://www.jst.go.jp/kisoken...

Colin Palmer Web: https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/...

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