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Dr Ulrik Beierholm

Associate Professor

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology
Department Representative in the Durham Research Methods Centre
Fellow of the Durham Research Methods Centre
Associate Professor in the Biophysical Sciences Institute
Biophysical Sciences Institute Executive Board in the Biophysical Sciences Institute


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.

Research interests

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

Esteem Indicators

  • 2016: Awards: Facebook Faculty Award - Virtual Reality
  • 2000: Editor roles: Assciate Editor for PLoS Comp. Biol., Editor of the Springer Publishers Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience (Bayesian methods section)
  • 2000: Workshop organising: Co-organised the Durham Computational Biology Symposium (Durham, Nov 2018).

    Co-organisedthe Durham Probabilistic Brain Workshop (Durham, Mar 2018).

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

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


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