Thomas FitzGerald


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Dr Thomas FitzGerald joined UEA as a lecturer in 2016, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019. He read Philosophy at the University of Cambridge (2003), and, after a brief interlude at medical school, completed a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (2010). He then spent five years as a postdoctoral fellow at University College London, working at both the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging and the Max Planck-UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research. In 2018 Thomas was awarded an ERC Starting Grant to study the computational mechanisms of probabilistic inference and learning in the brain.

Key Research Interests

Thomas uses computational modelling, behavioural testing and neuroimaging to address problems in learning and decision-making. Particular areas of interest include reward learning, structure learning (how we build mental models of the world) and the Bayesian brain hypothesis. He also has an interest in using computational approaches to understand psychiatric disorders, particularly psychosis.

Get in touch if you would like to discuss possible (funded) PhD or postdoctoral positions in these areas, or are interested in getting research experience in the lab.

Teaching Interests

Module co-ordinator: Brain, Minds and Machines (Third Year)

Lecturer: Cognitive Neuroscience Topics and Methods (Masters)

External positions

Honorary Fellow, University College London

Honorary Fellow, University College London

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