Our Research

JOB ALERT - Interested in doing a postdoc on motivation and effort? Email matthew.apps@psy.ox.ac.uk for more info about a post starting July 2018

Our research is focused on understanding the mechanisms in the human brain that underpin motivation. We investigate how statistical information about costs (such as risk, uncertainty or effort) and benefits (such as financial rewards) are processed in the brain, how they underlie our motivation, and how they are processed when interacting with other people. I use techniques such as fMRI and TMS in conjunction with computational modelling approaches to explore basic science questions in healthy adults, as well as individual differences in clinical and sub-clinical populations.