Affiliation: University of Birmingham

Keywords: Motivation, Decision-making, Fatigue, Effort, Social behaviour, Brain mechanisms


ORCID: 0000-0001-5793-2202

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Dr. Matthew Apps is a cognitive, computational neuroscientist and experimental psychologist at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is currently a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) David Phillips Fellow (equivalent to Associate Professor) and head of the Motivation and Social Neuroscience lab. His work aims to understand how the brain motivates behaviour, the computations that underlie that, and how motivation can become impaired in neurological and psychiatric conditions. His work uses a combination of novel cognitive tasks, brain imaging, and pharmacological manipulations in healthy people and in patient populations. His work has been funded by two fellowships from the BBSRC, the Wellcome Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council and Medical Research Council. He has also been awarded multiple prizes as an outstanding early career researcher from organisations including the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience, the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience and the Society for Social Neuroscience. He was elected as a member of the Young Academy of Europe in 2021