I am thrilled to announce that I am joining the University of Tübingen to take up a full professorship in Computational Psychiatry! I am taking up a position at the Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and will be associated with the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. I am looking forward to collaborating with my fantastic new colleagues across psychiatry, neuroimaging, development, and artificial intelligence. Importantly, I have several great positions to fill here in Tübingen – from student research assistants to postdoctoral fellows (computational modelling, clinical, neuroimaging). Please find more information and the job adverts here: https://devcompsy.org/join-the-lab/. If you are interested in working with me in Tübingen, please reach out! For now, I will keep my group at UCL and continue my projects there. This means I don’t have to say goodbye to the great UCL – just yet.
Our study, led by Johanna Habicht on optimism bias in childhood has been covered in the widely read German science magazine Bild der Wissenschaft. You can read the article here: https://www.wissenschaft.de/gesellschaft-psychologie/kleine-optimisten/
It’s our pleasure to announce that Tobias has been awarded a prestigious 2021 Philip Leverhulme Prize in Psychology in recognition of his fascinating work in decision making. He is planning to use this award to undertake novel research to understand spontaneous brain fluctuations and their impact on decision making. Read more here.
In collaboaration with the Harley Lab we are giving a workshop on computational modelling in development. The workshop provides an introduction and overview about what computational modelling is, how it can help developmental cognitive neuroscience research, and what are the good practices. It is targeted at researchers with little prior experience in computational modelling, using many examples and hands-on tutorials to provide an intuitive understanding of computational modelling. More information on: https://devcompsy.org/flux2021workshop/ If this sounds interesting and you’d like to understand computational modelling better, sign-up via the general FLUX virtual conference registration: https://fluxsociety.org/registration/
It is our great pleasure to announce that Tobias has been named a FENS-Kavli Scholar for 2021. He will be joining a network of 30 Early- and Mid-career neuroscientists from 13 different countries to work together and shape the future of Neuroscience in Europe through scientific exchange, advocacy and outreach.
Last month, Tobias discussed in The Conversation how changes in the brain may explain why many mental health problems arise during adolescence. Have a read yourself and find out more about what brain changes happen during adolescents and how they can affect our mental health: https://theconversation.com/teenage-mental-health-how-growing-brains-could-explain-emerging-disorders-154007
We had the pleasure to talk about the brain and our research in Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants YouTube channel that brings science into the classroom. Check out Tobias talking about Studying your Brain with the Smartphone and learn fun facts about the brain, how the brain changes during development and how we study the brain. He also talks about our new smartphone app Brain Explorer that everyone around the world can play and help us to understand the brain even better.
We are looking for a new PostDoc to join our team to undertake exciting new research. You would be working on understanding the neural and computational mechanisms underlying obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) using a combination of computational modelling, neuroimaging, pharmacology and smartphone-based data collection. If this sounds inspiring and you would like to know more, check out the details here.
Why do most mental health illnesses first manifest before adulthood? Our group has launched a new smartphone app to investigate how brain development is linked to mental health in a new citizen science project. The Brain Explorer app (www.brainexplorer.net) uses the latest state-of-the-art insights from neuroscience research to investigate brain functions in fun and entertaining games for young and old. By playing these games, people can learn about their own brain functions, and at the same time help the researchers to better understand how brain functions are related to the emergence of mental health problems. “We know that the brain changes substantially during adolescence”, says Dr Tobias Hauser, lead scientist on the project, “but we do not know how impaired brain development causes mental health problems. This app will help us understand why mental health problems arise during adolescence.” A better understanding of how abnormal brain development leads to mental health problems will allow researchers to build new models to predict emerging psychiatric illnesses and can help develop novel interventions. Everyone can contribute to research …
It is our great pleasure to announce that Tobias was awarded the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant to study the impact of endogenous brain fluctuations on decision-making. This will help us to undertake new and exiting research using a novel neuroimaging framework, which will strengthen the understanding in how the inner workings of the brain guide our behaviour.