Principal Investigator

Jan Gläscher

Background: Diploma in Psychology (Dipl.-Psych.), Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience

contact: glaescher [at]

I am fascinated by the computations that the brain carries out, when making in a decision and how these computations are influence by external factors (e.g. the value of a decision cue). A special interest lies on social decision-making, i.e. how our choices are affected by social information of others and how social decision-making strategies (competitive, cooperative, altruistic, observational) change the underlying valuation process.



Saurabh Kumar

Background: B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, M.Sc. in Digital Communications, Ph.D. in Neuroscience

contact: s.kumar [at]

PhD students and Master students

Tessa Rusch

Background: B.Sc. in Cognitive Science, M.Sc. in Neuro-cognitive Psychology

contact: t.rusch [at]

I am interested in understanding how we represent other humans’ mental states (mentalizing). I use EEG hyperscanning and computational modeling to approach this topic. To gain additional information from hyperscanning in comparison to single person EEG, we developed an interactive paradigm that requires a continuous representation of the mental processes of the other person.

Julia Spilcke-Liss

Background: medical student

contact: j_spilcke-liss [at]

I am interested in how the brain processes cross-modal integration and congruence. My research project is investigating how semantic congruence between an visual image and an auditory sound affects multi-sensory integration in the human brain, which I am investigating with fMRI.

Saša Redžepović

Background: B.Sc. in Psychology, M.Sc. in Cognitive Neuroscience

contact: s.redzepovic [at]

I am interested in investigating the interaction of multisensory integration and value-based decision-making using multivariate pattern analysis of fMRI. In particular, I am interested how unisensory pattern are modified through value-based learning and how that propagates to cue integration in multimodal brain regions.


Research Assistants


Associated Lab Members

Rong Guo

Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Computer Science, Technical University Berlin

Background: M.Sc. in Computer Science, Ph.D. in Computer Science

I am interested in how the reliability of cue information affects the valuation and decision-making process. Furthermore, I investigate how hierarchical prediction errors are represented in the human brain.


Michael Spezio

Position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

Background: PhD in Biochemistry, PhD in Neuroscience

I am interested in the computational and neural underpinnings of altruistic and other virtuous behavior in humans and how that unfolds in a social context.



Martin Hebart

Former Position: Postdoc (now postdoc at NIH)

contact: martin.hebart [at], web:

Lei Zhang

Former position: PhD student (now postdoc in Claus Lamm’s lab at the University of Vienna, Austria

contact: lei.zhang [at], web:

Sam Chien

Former position: PhD student, now Postdoc in Nico Schuck’s lab at the MPI for Human Development in Berlin

contact: chiensam[at]

Christoph Korn

Former position: Postdoc, now Principal Investigator heading the Emmy-Noether group “Decision Neuroscience of Human Interaction” at the Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Hamburg

contact: c.korn [at], web: