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Principal Investigator

Dr. Kou Murayama
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Reading
(Honorary Associate Professor, Kochi University of Technology)

Awards (selected)
F. J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Prize (American Psychological Foundation)
The Richard E. Snow Awards for Distinguished Early Contributions (American Psychological Association, Division 15)
Current Grants (selected)
Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award
Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant
Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, European Commission

Lab Members


Dr. Johnny Lau
I am currently working with Kou on an exciting project to explore the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying the influence of motivation on decision making. Very recently, I have completed my PhD study at the University Birmingham. My doctoral research has focused on examining object and action perception, which is theoretically grounded on the (dorsal-ventral) dual-path framework, in both neurologically intact and brain-damaged individuals. I have used multiple techniques in my research ranging from neuropsychological assessment and experimental testing to structural (lesion analysis), functional and diffusion imaging.


Greta Fastrich
My research interests include motivation and emotions as well as cognitive processes like memory and decision-making. My interests also include neuroimaging (e.g fMRI) as well as statistics and computational models of behaviour.
Alexandra Antonesei
I am interested in developing cognitive tasks along with pharmacological interventions to target impaired learning and decision-making in people with mood disorders. I rely on computational models to explain behavioural, physiological and neural data in order to generate evidence-based personalized interventions.
Laura Burgess
My ph. D. research project is a longitudinal investigation of motivation contagion in a school setting, carried out in collaboration with local schools. I am interested in using a range of methods including surveys and behavioural tasks along with neuroimaging techniques, the latter being the primary method in my most recent research project.


Jasmine Raw
I am interested in how our emotions and mood can affect our cognitive abilities, in particular our memory. My recent work investigates the effects of emotional arousal on people's memory for negative and neutral stimuli. I am also interested in how our memories for emotional events can change over time.
Dr. Anthony Haffey
My previous research has been in social motivation, and I am interested in researching motivation in learning. I have used EMG, eye-tracking and fMRI and am currently investigating motivation by studying learned helplessness and curiosity.
Stef Meliss
Previous projects facilitated my interest in understanding brain networks underlying cognitive functions like memory. Due to work experience in both academic and clinical fields, I am passionate about bridging the gap between fundamental psychological science and its application, thus making it appealing to me to understand how motivation influences memory. Having experience in conducting behavioural and online experiments, I am interested in expanding my knowledge and skills to neuroimaging methods (e.g. fMRI) as well as to computational modelling.