Mark Stokes

I am a Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Tutorial Fellow in Psychology at the New College and Head of the Attention and Working Memory Lab. My research explores the role of selective attention in perception, working memory and flexible decision-making. I am particularly interested in how these core cognitive functions are integrated for goal-directed adaptive behaviour.

Ilenia Salaris

I joined the lab as Research Assistant. My academic background lies in Psychology, Neuroscience and Neuroimaging Techniques such as fMRI, accompanied by research experiences in Computational Neuroscience and Neuroanatomy gained between Oxford and Cambridge.

Nicholas Myers

As a Post-Doc in the lab, I am interested in working memory and cognitive control. I use EEG, LFP, and intracranial recordings to investigate how prefrontal cortex and other areas are involved in these functions.

Paul Muhle-Karbe

I am a Post-Doc interested in the brain mechanisms that enable rapid adaptation to new environments. I use fMRI, EEG, and intracranial brain recordings to study how humans form structured representations of the world that afford flexible behaviour and generalisation of past experience to new situations.

Darinka Trübutschek

I joined the lab as a Post-Doc fellow funded by the Fondation Fyssen in January 2019. In my main projects, I use magnetoencephalography (MEG) and machine learning to dissect the neural dynamics of visual and auditory working memory, our brain's ability to store and manipulate information in the service of adaptive, flexible, and intelligent behavior. I am also part of the organizational committee for the EEGManyPipelines project, aiming at mapping the analysis/results space involved in EEG analysis. Prior to all of this work, as part of my PhD with Stanislas Dehaene (Paris, France), I explored the cognitive and neural features of a newly discovered phenomenon: non-conscious working memory. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy spending time with my 1-year-old bundle of joy, cooking (and eating) dishes from different cultures and cuisines, listening to and playing music (either on my recorder or my guitar), and traveling to (foreign) cities and countries. Visit my website!

Michael Wolff


Andrea Bocincova

I am a Post-Doc interested in exploring brain activity and its role in cognition. I am particularly interested in the mechanisms of selective attention and working memory, and how these functions and their interactions are supported, regulated and reflected in neural activity. The main goal of my post-doc is to test a new conceptual model of working memory using a combination of computational modeling simulations and analysis of behavioural and neurophysiological data.

Jake Stroud

I am a Post-Doc interested in computational modelling of working memory. I work jointly with Mate Lengyel in Cambridge and Mark Stokes in Oxford. I want to understand why neural activity in prefrontal cortex appears to be so rich in even the simplest tasks and how neural activity changes in more complex realistic tasks. Before this, I did my PhD at Oxford with Tim Vogels, Guillaume Hennequin, and Mason Porter where we performed computational modelling of primary motor cortex.

Lev Tankelevitch

As part of my DPhil in Neuroscience, I am investigating how visual attention is influenced by learning experiences. Specifically, my research looks at how associating visual stimuli with reward in one context biases attentional selection of those stimuli in other contexts. I use neuroimaging methods such as MEG and fMRI to probe the neural mechanisms underlying this interaction. I completed a BSc in Psychology Research at the University of Toronto and an MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. Outside of the lab, I enjoy photography, trying new food, and artsy movies.

Dante Wasmuht

As part of my DPhil, I am interested in the complex neural dynamics underlying working memory and cognitive learning mechanisms. I use high resolution neural population recordings from animals and inter-cranial recordings from human participants to investigate how neural dynamics unfold as we actively remember, manipulate or learn bits of information.

Sam Hall-McMaster

My DPhil research focuses on our remarkable capacity for flexible, goal-directed behaviour. As part of my doctoral work, I look at how motivation modulates neural coding patterns to support cognitive control processes, such as our ability to rapidly update abstract rules. I also examine how people decide when to disengage from actions that are no longer rewarding, using EEG/fMRI to pursue my research questions. I received my BSc(Hons) in Neuroscience from the University of Otago in New Zealand before gaining funding from the Rutherford Foundation and William Georgetti Trust to pursue my PhD at Oxford. When I’m not in the lab, you’ll find me practicing triathlon, writing or spending time in the sun.

Frida Printzlau

My DPhil explores how information is selected and prioritized in working memory, using methods such as human behavior and neuroimaging (EEG/MEG), as well as analysis of monkey local field potentials (LFPs). My current project focuses on how different visual features of objects are bound together in working memory when they are attended or unattended. I completed a BA in Psychology and Philosophy at University of Oxford and since worked as a Research Assistant at the UCL Institute for Child Health and at Warwick University Medical School before returning to Oxford for my DPhil. When I’m not in the lab I enjoy bread-making, photography and going for runs along the river.

Jasper Hajonides van der Meulen

I am a DPhil student (2017) supervised by Mark Stokes and Kia Nobre. My research focusses on how top-down control refines perceptual representations in working memory and perception. To this end, I use neuroimaging data from different modalities (EEG, MEG, and fMRI) and apply neurocomputational models and machine learning to analyse the data. Prior to starting my DPhil, I completed my BSc in Psychobiology and MSc in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. In my free time, I enjoy food, taking up challenges such as learning to play the piano, and training as well as competing with the triathlon club and cross country club.

Emilia Piwek

A second-year DPhil student with a background in Neuroscience. I am broadly interested in understanding what allows humans to act flexibly in new environments. More specifically, my research looks at how prior knowledge can be leveraged to improve the speed and efficiency of learning and decision making processes. To investigate this, I use non-invasive brain imaging and behavioural testing of healthy human participants. Outside of the lab, I am a passionate tea drinker.

Michał Wójcik

DPhil Student

Mateus Silvestrin

I am a PhD student at the Timing and Cognition Lab at Federal University of ABC (Brazil). The neural correlates of timing perception are my objects of study, which I investigate with EEG data. I am especially interested in correlates that arise when we compare durations to make judgements. As a Visitor Student in Stokes Lab, I aim to improve the analysis of my timing data with multivariate techniques. Outside the lab, I like enjoying a good literature book and gaming.

Wen Wen

I am a PhD student in School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences at Peking University and currently a Visitor Student of this lab. My research focuses on how we attend to task-relevant items and inhibit distractors in a goal-directed manner to optimise behaviour. Specifically, I use EEG to investigate how the rejection template is formed, represented and implemented.