Dr Annika Boldt
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow
Place of work / study:
University College London
Area of Research:
Cognitive neuroscience; metacognition, such as confidence and error detection; cognitive offloading; (perceptual) decision making
How is your work funded?
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am an experimental psychologist by training and in my research I investigate metacognition. Metacognition means thinking about your own thoughts, so all of these little moments when we feel confident about a decision, when we detect errors in our own behaviour or when we represent uncertainty about our own beliefs. I study such insight signals in the healthy human adult brain, using behavioural paradigms, fMRI, EEG and computational modelling. After finishing my PhD at the University of Oxford, I moved to the University of Cambridge for my first postdoc exploring more economic decision making. I am now a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow based at University College London, at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I chose to study psychology after being a research participant when I was 17. I got my wisdom teeth taken out and they measured skin conductance and asked me to fill in questionnaires on stress. I was fascinated by what the RAs told me about their day-to-day work. I still feel a little bit guilty though because I might have become too distracted and excited to really think about the dental surgery, which I imagine might have injected quite some noise into their measures.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
My focus is on metacognition, and not dementia.