Kerstin Preuschoff, Ph.D.

mailing address:
AAB 135 (Batiment AAB)
Station 15
CH-1015 Lausanne




Research Interests

Throughout evolution, there has been nothing more certain than uncertainty. I am interested in how behavior and neural networks have adapted to and reflect this omnipresence of uncertainty. My aim is to link computation in neural circuits to models of decision making by exploring the path from simple reward perception to complex decision making behavior and prediction-error-based learning in uncertain environments. I employ an integrative approach using behavioral experiments, computational modeling, neuroimaging and physiological measures.




K. Preuschoff, M. 't Hart, W. Einhauser, “Noradrenaline in decision-making: pupil dilation reflects unexpected uncertainty,” Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience, 2011

T. Singer, H. D. Critchley, K. Preuschoff, “A common role for insula in feelings, empathy and uncertainty,” Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2009 August; 13(8):334-40

W. Schultz, K. Preuschoff, C. Camerer, M. Hsu, C.D. Fiorillo, P.N. Tobler, P. Bossaerts “Explicit neural signals reflecting reward uncertainty,” Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2008 Dec 12; 363(1511):3801-11.

K. Preuschoff, S. R. Quartz, and P. Bossaerts, “Human insula activation reflects prediction risk errors as well as risk,” Journal of Neuroscience, 2008 Mar 12;28(11):2745-52.

K. Preuschoff and P. Bossaerts, “Adding prediction risk to the theory of reward learning in the dopaminergic system,” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2007, 1104, 153-146

K. Preuschoff, P. Bossaerts, and Steven R. Quartz, “Neural differentiation of expected reward and risk in human subcortical structures,” Neuron, 2006, 51, 381-90



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