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Dr Maarten Speekenbrink
26 Bedford Way
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  • Senior Lecturer
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

My undergraduate degree at the University of Amsterdam was in Psychology. I specialised in methodology of psychological research and clinical psychology. After a brief period as a researcher at the Free University Amsterdam, I went back to the University of Amsterdam to do a PhD in psychological methods. After completing my PhD, I went to University College London as a postdoctoral researcher at the ESRC centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution (ELSE). I have been at UCL since.

Research Summary

My main research interests include human learning and decision making. Particular topics are how people learn to make better decisions from their experience, how they generalise their experience to novel situations, and when and why people stray from well-known alternatives to try new ones. I approach these topics with a combination of behavioural experiments and mathematical modelling. I am also interested in advancing statistical methods, and develop tools and techniques in this area, for instance mixture and hidden Markov modeling, and optimal adaptive experimental design.

Teaching Summary

My main teaching responsibility is an advanced statistics module for MSc and PhD students. I also contribute to the CoDeS MSc program and to undergraduate seminars.

Academic Background
2005   Doctor of Philosophy Universiteit van Amsterdam
1999   Doctoraal Universiteit van Amsterdam
1994   Propaedeusis Universiteit van Amsterdam
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