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Profile – Dr Annika Boldt

Dr Annika Boldt

Name:

Dr Annika Boldt

Job title:

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?

Wellcome Trust

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.

Can we find you on Twitter?

Follow @BoldtAnnika [1]