Lab members



Robb rutledge
principal investigator

Robb is a MRC Career Development Fellow. He has a PhD in Neural Science from New York University. He was a postdoc at University College London at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging before setting up his lab at the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research. Robb is interested in subjective feelings like happiness and sadness, and how feelings related both to the events in our lives and our future decisions.



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bastien blain
Post-doctoral researcher

Bastien has a PhD in economics, and is currently working as a post-doc on two main topics: (1) the dynamic of experienced utility and its relationship with decision-making and (2) the role of emotions in decision-making and learning, by using computational modelling and neuroimagery.  

Bastien did his PhD at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University under the supervision of Mathias Pessiglione and Guillaume Hollard. The topic of his research was between cognitive fatigue and decision-making: How does cognitive fatigue, occuring after several hours of cognitive work (e.g., a workday), alters economical decision making (e.g., consumption-saving trade-off). Beside, he is teaching a Master degree neuroeconomics class (Eco&Psycho, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) since 2013.



Post-Doctoral researcher

Liam is a postdoc and practicing clinical psychologist with an interest in bipolar disorder. His research focuses on understanding how changes in our mood can bias our decisions and goal-directed behaviour. His work seeks to better understand the mechanisms by which people with bipolar disorder transition between cycles of elevated and depressed mood. He is also interested in understanding how we can improve psychological therapies by understanding the neurobiological mechanisms by which they exert their effect. Clinically he works in a national & specialist clinic delivering psychological interventions for psychosis and bipolar disorder.



rachel bedder
PHD Student

Rachel is a PhD student on the Comp2Psych Programme at UCL researching the relationship between mood disorders and decision-making using computational models. Particularly she is interested in how making unfavourable decisions affects mood in clinical and non-clinical populations. Previously Rachel has worked as a Research Assistant at the Division of Psychiatry looking at quality of life in people with moderate to severe dementia. She has an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCL, where she was supervised by Professor Neil Burgess, and a BA in Art and Psychology from University of Reading. Rachel also runs the art and neuroscience public engagement company, AXNS Collective.



Benjamin chew
phd student

Benjamin is a PhD student at UCL, affiliated with the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging and the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing. His research interests revolve around the neural mechanisms underlying decision-making and motivational states, with additional focus on how sources of internal uncertainties such as affect and agency contribute to decision-making. He hopes to use neuroimaging and draw upon theoretical frameworks from psychology and economics to understand these mechanisms, as well as develop computational models to describe the relationship between overt behaviour and their underlying neural processes. He has a MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCL.




Yunzhe is a PhD student on the Comp2Psych Programme at UCL. His research interests involve the development of a mechanic understanding of emotion in learning and decision-making; discovery of neural representational architecture of memory system in relation to goal-related behaviours, and identification of aberrant neural pathways that contribute to psychiatric disorders at both algorithmic and implementation levels. To achieve that, he uses a variety of neuroscientific techniques (fMRI, EEG, MEG, etc.) in combination with computational modelling.






Akshay is a Leonard Wolfson Clinical Training Fellow at UCL doing a PhD investigating the neural basis of motivation and apathy. He is using computational modelling techniques and neuroimaging methods to better understand the nature of reduced motivation in the general population and in a clinical population of patients with Huntington’s disease – a familial neurodegenerative condition. Symptoms of apathy and reduced motivation are very common in neuropsychiatric conditions, are highly disabling and poorly understood. It is hoped that a better understanding of the neural mechanisms underpinning motivated behaviour may guide treatments for apathy in the future. Before moving to UCL he was a NIHR funded Academic Clinical Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry where he did research in schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. He completed his medical degree, and an intercalated degree in neuroscience, at Oxford University.