PhD Project Overview:
An outstanding question in neuroscience is how the brain integrates information from the environment and uses this to make decisions that optimise behavioural output that render the individual adaptive to the ever changing environmental contingencies. A prominent framework posits that the brain is a prediction machine which learns, updates, and adapts when our beliefs about the environment are violated. This project aims to elucidate the specific neural mechanisms involved in these fundamental decision-making processes and where they go awry leading to behavioural aberrations in addiction. Understanding the brain mechanism underpinning adaptive and non-adaptive decision-making processes will further our knowledge about how humans make decisions and shed light into the underlying causes of mental disorders that manifest in maladaptive decisions.