25 April 2013 – 26 April 2013

3rd Einstein Fellowship Symposium on “Decision-making”

A London–Berlin meeting, organized by Raymond J. Dolan (London)

Poster 2013 (open or download pdf 226 kb)

Joint meeting between fellows from London and Berlin, with the explicit goal to enhance interaction and collaboration between groups in London and Berlin. The meeting is organized by Professor R J Dolan, Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain and Director, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London.


Thursday, 25 April 2013

9.30    Raymond J. Dolan, Welcome Address


09.40 – 10.05    Stenner, Motor predictions and sensory attenuation.

10.05 − 10.30    Pooresmaeili, Modulation of vision by rewarded sounds.

10.30 − 11.00    Coffee

11.15 − 11.40    Steinbeis, The development of social and economic decision-making.

11.40 – 12.05     Friedel, Stressful life events moderate the relationship between fluid intelligence and prediction error signalling.

12.05 – 12.30     Chowdhury, Forever young: how dopamine enhances cognition in the aging brain.

12.30 – 14.00    Lunch

14.00 – 14.25    Stelzel, Neurocognitive components of self-controlled decisions.

14.25 – 14.50    Kühn, In search of ‘free will‘ and its neural correlates.

14.50 – 15.15    Barron, Online evaluation of novel choices by simultaneous representation of multiple memories

Poster Session

15.30 – 17.30    Foyer and Room 144 (both ground floor) (accompanied by coffee and tea)

Bahrami Bahador (FIL, UCL)
Social interpretation of the very personal: the role of Metacognition in Collective Decision Making.

Boorman Erie (FIL, UCL)
Without title.

Crockett Molly, Dayan Peter, Dolan Raymond J. (FIL, UCL)
Model-based, model-free and Pavlovian influences on human morality.

Lieke De Boer and Zeb Kurth-Nelson (FIL, UCL)
Precommitment to overcome Pavlovian action bias.

Fiore Vicenzo (FIL, UCL)
Keep focussing: striatal dopamine multiple functions resolved in a single computational mechanism.

Fitzgerald Thomas (FIL, UCL)
Neuronal dynamics in the human posterior parietal cortex during perceptual decision-making.

Garvert Mona (FIL, UCL)
Temporal discounting as a measure of plasticity in the neural representation of self and other.

Guitard-Masip Marc (FIL, UCL)  
Exploring the relation between dopamine availability and BOLD variability.

Hebart Martin N. (FIL, UCL)
The relationship between decision variables and perceptual confidence in the human brain.

Korn Christoph, Prehn Kristin, Bajbouj Malek, Klann-Delius Gisela, Menninghaus Winfried, Jacobs Arthur M., Heekeren Hauke R. (FU Berlin)
Emotional adjustment in social interaction: Social influence modulates the neural processing of emotion.

Köster Raphael (FIL, UCL)
How interactions of action and reward affect episodic memory.

Kurth-Nelson Zeb (FIL, UCL)
Neural correlates of future state representations during planning.

Lam Jade, Georges Carrie, McNab Fiona (FIL, UCL)
Distractor suppression is not always the best approach.

Loh Eleanor (FIL, UCL)
The hippocampal-VTA loop and the contextual enhancement of long-term memory.

Long Xiangyu (MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig)
Reveal somatotopic areas in Area 3 and Area 4 by resting-state fMRI connectivity-based parcellation analysis.

McNab Fiona, Dolan Raymond J. (FIL, UCL)
Empirical support for basal ganglia gating in working memory and selective attention.

Meshi Dar, Morawetz Carmen, Heekeren Hauke R. (FU Berlin)
Facebook use is predicted by the nucleus accumbens response to gains in reputation.

Moutoussis Michael, Dolan Raymond J. (FIL, UCL)
Fundamental Decision-making abilities in Adolescence and Early Adulthood.

Ousdal Olga Therese, Specht Karsten, Andreassen Ole A., Jensen Jimmy (University of Oslo)
The amygdala represents relative stimulus value in value-based decision making.

Rabovsky Milena, McRae Ken (Berlin School of Mind and Brain)
Modeling the N400 ERP component as prediction error in semantic memory.

Rigoli Francesco (FIL, UCL)
The Pavlovian-instrumental interaction in humans: recent studies.

Rivalan Marion (HU Berlin), Dellu-Hagedorn Francoise
Neurocognitive profile of poor decision maker: A dimensional approach in rat.

Sarigiannidis Ioannis, Rutledge Robb, Dolan Raymond J. (FIL, UCL)
Humans misestimate earnings in a gambling task.

Schulreich Stefan (FU Berlin)
Risk attitudes in the gain domain are influenced by music-evoked incidental emotions.

Schwartenbeck Philipp, Fitzgerald Thomas, Dolan Raymond J., Friston Karl (FIL, UCL)
The anatomy of choice: Modelling normal and pathological decision making in an active inference framework.

Skandali Nikolina (FIL, UCL)
The effect of reward prediction errors on subjective well-being and modulation by L-DOPA administration.

Smittenaar Peter (FIL, UCL)
The neural underpinnings of a speed-selectivity tradeoff in proactive selective inhibition.

Wiers Corinde, Stelzel C., Gawron C., Park S.Q., Gladwin T., Pawelczack S., Rinck M., Wiers R.W., Lindenmeyer J., Heekeren H., Walter H., Bermpohl F. (Berlin School of Mind and Brain, FU Berlin)
Effects of Approach Bias Modification Training on Neural Cue Reactivity in Alcohol-Dependent Patients.

Friday, 26 April 2013


09.30 – 9.55    Rutledge, Striatal prediction errors explain changes in subjective well being.

09.55 − 10.20   Bach, Approach-avoidance anxiety involves human hippocampus.

10.20 – 10.45    Giles, Pain Sooner or Later: Dread and the Valuation of Delayed Pain.

10.45 – 11.15    Coffee

11.15 – 11.40    Toelch, Social influences on utility and preferences in an auction game.

11.40 – 12.05    de Beker, No man is an island: happiness in a social context.

12.05 – 13.30    Lunch

13.30 – 13.55    Huys, Recycling thoughts and experience.

13.55 – 14.20    Hunt, A within-attribute comparison strategy in multi-attribute choice.

14.20 – 14.50    Coffee

14.50 – 15.15    Economides, Computational underpinnings of state-driven action control.

15.15 – 15.35    Winston, Reward learning in patients with functional movement disorders and depression.

Registration for participation only

To register as a conference participant, please send an e-mail to: mb-einstein@hu-berlin.de

Required details for registration:

  • First name
  • Family name
  • Status (Master’s student, doctoral candidate, postdoc, senior researcher)
  • University & lab affiliation

The meeting is jointly funded and supported by

Einstein Stiftung Berlin

Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London

Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin

Talks: Festsaal, 2nd floor
Posters: Foyer + Room 144, ground floor


Alexandra Klein
(030) 2093-1707
mb-einstein-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de