Steven Chau and Shaima Alsuwaidi, last year's MetaLab MSc students, have both achieved distinction awards for their neuroscience MSc projects. Congratulations to both of them!
Steve has been awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust, to start in January 2018. The award will fund research to study the cognitive and neural structure of self-beliefs, and how these beliefs can be modified over time.
Jason is leaving the lab to start a Masters in Computer Science at UCSF after two years of working in the group as an RA. We wish him all the best with his studies!
Several of the lab will be presenting our latest stuff at SFN in Washington D.C. Congratulations to Dan Bang whose abstract was selected for a nanosynmposium presentation!
We have published a paper in Neuroscience of Consciousness on our new toolbox for estimating metacognitive efficiency (how well confidence ratings track performance) using hierarchical Bayes. The toolbox is available for download here. The main result is that we can obtain robust estimates of meta-d' with small numbers of trials, which may be useful for future studies in clinical settings.
A new paper in collaboration with NYU colleagues Elyse Norton, Nathaniel Daw and Mike Landy, "Suboptimal criterion learning in static and dynamic environments" has been published in PLoS Computational Biology
Max Rollwage has joined the MetaLab as a PhD student (co-supervised with Ray Dolan). Max is part of the new 4-year PhD programme in Computational Psychiatry at UCL. We also welcome new Masters students - Steven Chau and Shaima Alsuwaidi.
A new paper in collaboration with Benedetto De Martino's group, "Explicit representation of confidence informs future value-based decisions" has been accepted in Nature Human Behaviour.
Our paper "Metacognition about the past and future: Quantifying common and distinct influences on prospective and retrospective judgments of self-performance" by Fleming SM, Massoni S, Gajdos T & Vergnaud J-C is in press at Neuroscience of Consciousness.
A new paper "Self-evaluation of decision-making: A general Bayesian framework for metacognitive computation" by Steve and Nathaniel Daw has been accepted in Psychological Review. A preprint is available here.