Anne Urai

Assistant Professor

As a cognitive neuroscientist, I investigate how the brain transforms sensory information into useful decisions, and how such decisions change with experience. In my research, I combine psychophysics and computational modeling of behavioural data with electrophysiological recordings in humans and rodents. I am passionate about open science and reproducibility, and I have a penchant for pondering philosophy.

In my doctoral research in the lab of Tobias Donner at the Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf and University of Amsterdam, I investigated how our previous choices bias the way we interpret later information, and how this process is affected by the confidence in our decisions. I did a postdoctoral fellowship in Anne Churchland’s lab at Cold Spring Harbor, as part of the International Brain Laboratory consortium.

From November 2020, I’ve joined Leiden University’s Cognitive Psychology Unit as an Assistant Professor. See here for my full CV and my unofficial story.

Philippa Johnson


Philippa’s PhD was based at the University of Melbourne and University of Amsterdam, investigating how the brain compensates for neural delays during motion perception. She works on disentangling engagement states from behavioral and neural data.

Fenying Zang

PhD student

Fenying is a PhD student at the Cognitive Psychology Unit. She obtained her master’s degree in Basic Psychology from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. During her graduate studies, she was interested in audiovisual crossmodal interaction. In her PhD project, she is investigating age-related changes in neural noise.

Robin Vloeberghs

PhD student

Robin is a PhD student with Kobe Desender at KU Leuven, co-supervised by Anne. He studies the interplay between confidence and sequential effects in decision-making using behavioral modeling and EEG.

Sonja Förster

Research Master student

Sonja is a research master student in the cognitive neuroscience program. She studies how neural noise may alter in the aging brain utilizing the IBL data set.

Leon Hommerich

ACP Master student

Leon is a Masters student in the ACP program. He studies the effect of carbon labels on consumer choice.

Kasia Kruk

ACP Master student

Katarzyna studies ACP master programme at Leiden University. Her previous education is a combination of psychology- and sustainability-related studies. She currently investigates climate data visualization, focusing on how to optimize the design of climate scenario figures.


Felice Wulfse, ACP MSc student
Annika Frach, MSc student
Chrysoula Papadimakopoulou, BSc student


Anne Churchland and Anup Khanal, UCLA

Kobe Desender, Leuven

Tobias Donner, Hamburg

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