Marta Garrido | Laboratory Head

Associate Professor Marta Garrido leads the Cognitive Neuroscience and Computational Psychiatry Laboratory at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne and is Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function. Marta received her PhD in 2008 from University College London. She then completed postdocs at University California Los Angeles and back at University College London. In 2013 she moved to the Queensland Brain Institute on a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and later established her independent laboratory. In mid 2019 the lab moved to the University of Melbourne.

Research Profile

University of Melbourne Based

CNCP team

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Morgan Kikkawa

I am currently completing a PhD that focuses on Predictive coding theory. My work will use EEG and machine learning to investigate how the visual system creates probabilistic expectations. This work will help test some of the claims of predictive coding and, hopefully, help us better understand how visual expectations are formed. Outside the lab, I enjoy mixed martial arts and bouldering.

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Daniyal Rajput

I am a PhD student at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne. My research interests revolve around investigating the impact of stress on the brains of healthy individuals by examining the behavioral, computational, and physiological mechanisms. Prior to pursuing my PhD, I completed my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Liaquat University of Medical Health Science, Pakistan, and my master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the National Central University, Taiwan. During my master's degree, I worked as a research assistant at a Computational Neuroscience Lab, where I had the opportunity to hone my research skills. Outside of my academic life, I enjoy playing table tennis and snooker, experimenting with new recipes, and taking a relaxing stroll through the bustling streets of Melbourne's CBD and the scenic Yarra River Walk.

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Josh Corbett

I am a Master of Philosophy student. I am interested in how the brain is able to perform complex computations based on limited and noisy sensory information. My project involves using 7T fMRI to examine how uncertainty is encoded in the cortical column, which will hopefully inform basic theories of how the brain works.

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Arshiya Sangchooli

I am a MPhil student. Arshiya obtained his MD from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences and is currently an MPhil student at the Cognitive Neuroscience and Computational Psychiatry Lab. He develops probabilistic tractography workflows to investigate the development of subcortical amygdalar pathways during adolescence and their cognitive and behavioral correlates, using diffusion MRI and other data from large neuroimaging datasets. Broadly, he is interested in functional and structural neuroimaging and computational modelling to answer questions about how the brain functions in health and disease.

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Luisa Zhao

I'm currently a BSc honours student who is also a newbie in the research field, very excited and grateful to work on my very first research project with the support from the Lab. My honours project aims to investigate training bias in pseudoneglect. I spend most of my non-study time exploring restaurants with friends and doing yoga!

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Sophie Lin

I am a post-doc in the lab. I am interested in how the brain identifies structures, acts and adapts, through the Predictive Coding framework, in a world with uncertainty. I use perceptual decision tasks, computational modelling and functional neuroimaging to study these questions. Outside the Lab, I sometimes conduct my real-life uncertainty ‘fieldwork’ at a local kickboxing club.

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Shivam Kalhan

For me it starts with my curiosity on the fundamental nature of the brain and how it works to shape our reality. I have completed a BSc (Hons) in neuroscience from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Currently, I'm a PhD student in the Garrido lab investigating the neurocircuitry underpinning belief updating in addiction. When I'm not in the lab, you will most likely find me on the tennis court!