Principal investigator

Christoph Korn

I am a cognitive neuroscientist interested in human decision-making and learning in social and multimodal contexts – in particular during social cooperation. I use computational modelling, model-based and multivariate fMRI analyses, pupillometry, as well as lab and online data acquisition.

Recently, have received a tenure-track professorship at Heidelberg University. We will update the website soon to reflect this. In 2018, I have been awarded an Emmy-Noether research group on the topic “Human cooperation: A multimodal approach by the German Research Foundation (DFG), which has given my the wonderful opportunity to establish a group at the Institute of Systems Neuroscience (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, UKE).

Until December 2018, I worked at the Institute of Systems Neuroscience (UKE, Hamburg) in the group of Jan Gläscher within the Transregional Collaborative Research Center on Crossmodal Learning (TRR 169). Additionally, I have been collaborating with Martin Nowak and Alex McAvoy at Harvard University thanks to co-funding by the German Academic Exchange Service.

Before, I did a postdoc at the University of Zurich in the group of Dominik Bach. I completed my PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin in the group of Hauke Heekeren with funding from the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. During a joint Master’s program by University College London, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, I worked in the group of Ray Dolan under the supervision of Tali Sharot. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in biomedicine from the University of Würzburg.

PhD students

Koen Frolichs

I received a Bachelor in Psychology and a Research Master in Cognitive Neuroscience from Maastricht University.

In the DNHI-lab I will be focusing on how humans learn about others using behavioural, computational and neural data.

Benjamin Kuper-Smith

Before joining the DNHI-lab, I received a BSc in Psychology from Goldsmiths College and an MSc in Brain and Mind Sciences, hosted in the first year at University College London, and at Université Pierre et Marie Curie and Ecole Normale Supérieure during the second year. I completed two MSc projects, one in Karl Friston‘s lab, looking at the neural implementation of different kinds of expectation in the context of predictive coding, and the other in Aaron Schurger‘s lab, comparing planned and spontaneous actions, using M/EEG. Between my BSc and MSc, I worked as a research assistant, first in Nottingham studying social dilemmas in a public goods game under the supervision of Anya Skatova, and then researching full-body illusions in Stockholm with Catherine Preston and Henrik Ehrsson.

In the DNHI-lab I will be working on cooperative decision-making in a new variant of the Prisoner’s Dilemma, using a combination of behavioural testing, computational modelling, and fMRI.

I have also recently started a podcast, in which I interview (mainly) neuroscientists and psychologists about their work. You can find the BJKS Podcast on its website, and on all the main podcasting platforms (e.g., Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc.).

Lisa Doppelhofer

Before joining the DNHI-lab, I received an MSc in Psychology (Mind and Brain Track) at the University of Vienna. For my Master’s Thesis, I worked at the SCAN-Unit on a project on placebo and nocebo effects on reinforcement learning under the supervision of Isabella Wagner and Claus Lamm.

In the DNHI-lab, I investigate allocation decisions by combining behavioural measures, computational modelling, and fMRI. For testing of borderline personality disorder (BPD) patients, I will collaborate with Sabine Herpertz and her lab at the Heidelberg University Hospital.

Student assistants & interns

Cristian Ioan

I am currently studying Psychology at the Medical School Hamburg.

In the DNHI-lab, I work as a student assistant and complete my Bachelor’s thesis.

Marilyn Mintah

I am currently studying Medicine at the UKE.

In the DNHI-lab, I work as a research assistant and help carry out the behavioural testing.

Jannis Petalas

I am currently studying Psychology at the Universität Hamburg.

In the DNHI-lab, I work as a research assistant and help carry out the behavioural testing.

Catalina Sansó

I study Psychology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

In the DNHI-lab, I work as an Erasmus+ intern on experiments using pupillometry.

Former student assistants

Antonia Wesseloh

Psychology student at the Medical School Hamburg. Worked as a research assistant and and completed her Bachelor’s thesis.