Rachel L Bedder
I am interested in how people use valenced (i.e. positive and negative) information to understand and divide the world and our experiences. I am the most excited when this is shown to be mood-congruent in some way! To do this I design behavioral experiments, use computational modeling (e.g. reinforcement learning and bayesian inference) and neuroimaging techniques (e.g. fMRI). Specifically, I would like to understand and describe the algorithmic and neural mechanisms that underly rumination and I will use any method I can to do this (including collaboration!).
I joined the Niv lab as postdoctoral researcher in July 2021 after completing my PhD in Computational Psychiatry at the Max Planck UCL Centre in London. I am a practicing artist, and enjoy combining scientific research and art to create new insights (whilst also having a traditional painting practice). I am passionate about making computational modeling accessible and our field welcoming and empowering.