About Me

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Daw Lab at Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Before this, I received my Ph.D from the department of Experimental Psychology at University College London (UCL) in the Affective Brain Lab under the supervision of Tali Sharot. This explored how valence – whether a piece of news is good or bad – influences the extent to which information is integrated and used to revise beliefs about ourself, our future and the future of those around us. Recently I have been pursuing a separate strand of research examining the role of emotional adaptation in aversive decision making (find out more about this here). I am excited to continue these areas of research and others at Princeton using a combination of complimentary approaches from computer science, behavioural economics and brain imaging.



Excited to announce that I’ve been awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral fellowship to undertake research at Oxford and Princeton. Many a colleague, friend and family member helped me along the way with this process, to which I’m extremely grateful.


I’ve written a couple of pieces recently for Aeon Magazine and The Dana Foundation discussing my findings and those of others on dishonesty and the potential implications that arise.


New paper out today in Nature Neuroscience on dishonesty escalation and emotional adaptation.

Access the paper here.

Read more about the study and related press coverage here.


The Myth of a Pessimistic View of Optimistic Belief Updating. New paper by myself and Tali Sharot carefully examines recent claims made against the existence of an optimistic update bias:


I’m pleased to announce that from September 2016 I am beginning a Postdoctoral position with Nathaniel Daw at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.