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Durham University

Department of Psychology


Dr Ulrik Beierholm, PhD, MSc, BSc, HEA Fellow

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43249
Room number: L13

Contact Dr Ulrik Beierholm

I am very interested in how the nervous system deals with uncertainty, whether in perception, decision making or learning. We use computational ideas (e.g. bayesian inference or reinforcement learning) to model this and test these ideas using several techniques such as psychphysics, fMRI, pharmacology etc.

Indicators of Esteem

  • Awards: Facebook Faculty Award - Virtual Reality
  • Editor roles:

    Assciate Editor for PLoS Comp. Biol., Editor of the Springer Publishers Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience (Bayesian methods section), Programme Committee member for CogSci (annual meeting)

  • Workshop organising:

    Organised the Human Decision Making Workshop (Birmingham, Oct 2012)

    Co-organised the Computational Models of Social Interaction Workshop (Birmingham, Oct 2014)

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Computational Neuroscience, Perception, Decision Making, Neuroeconomics, Machine Learning

Teaching Areas

  • Cognitive Psychology (10 hours/year.)
  • Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology (MSc) (5 hours/year.)


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Selected Grants

  • 2017: Leverhulme Trust - 'Learning to Perceive and Act Under Uncertainty' (£258k), with Marko Nardini