We just published a lay summary of the Current Biology 2018 Report by Talluri et al on confirmation bias in Science Breaker.
Wonderful news: Kostis Tsetsos has launched his ERC Starting Grant at the UKE, remaining closely affiliated with our lab. Congrats, Kostis! He will soon be looking for postdocs and students, so stay tuned…
Within less than two days, Tom received two excellent news. He won the 2018 Best Paper Award of the SFB 936, for his 2018 paper in PLoS Biol on catecholaminergic modulation of perceptual and cortical variability. More importantly, he also
Anke and Bharath have just been awarded a 1-year Postdoc Transition Grant from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, in order to continue their successful work on history effects in perceptual decision-making. Congrats, Anke & Bharath!
Confirmation bias through selective overweighting of choice-consistent evidence, Current Biology, 28, 1-8 (2018). By Bharath Chandra Talluri & Tobias Donner. Confirmation bias is the tendency to interpret new information such that it agrees with one’s pre-existing beliefs. This cognitive bias is
Task-evoked pupil responses reflect internal belief states, Scientific Reports (2018) By Olympia Colizoli, Jan Willem de Gee, Anne E. Urai & Tobias Donner Pupil diameter is a reliable marker of central arousal states and neuromodulatory responses. The pupil dilates whenever
By Ruud van den Brink & Tobias Donner. A class of neurotransmitters known as catecholamines (norepinephrine and dopamine) play an important modulatory role in brain function. These catecholamines are synthesised by neurons clustered in small nuclei of the brainstem, which
By Thomas Meindertsma & Tobias Donner. The brain continuously tracks the statistical structure of the environment to anticipate behaviorally relevant events. Deviations from such predictions cause surprise, a violation of the agent’s expectation about an event, which might be indicative
From Jan Willem de Gee and Tobias Donner. We recently hosted Dr. Matthew G. McGinley as a Visiting Researcher funded by the SFB936 program, currently running in its second phase here at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Our reason to
By Thomas Pfeffer and Tobias Donner. The catecholaminergic neurotransmitters noradrenaline and dopamine are important regulators of brain state, and their function is impaired in several psychiatric disorders. An influential account posits that noradrenaline renders inference and decision-making more variable (exploratory)