Michael Ben Yehuda

Michael Ben Yehuda

Experimental Psychology (2015 cohort)

I am currently in the first year of my DPhil at Lincoln College and the main topic of my research is human action control: How does feeling authorship over our actions and their outcomes shape our decisions and behaviours?

Over the past few decades a significant body of research has investigated the question of how people infer their own causality over events in their surroundings. My aim is to study how, in turn, this feeling (the sense of agency) affects the way we learn, make decisions, and interpret information in the environment. For example, do we learn better about events that we feel like we have caused? Are outcomes over which we feel agency more rewarding? My DPhil is supervised by Prof Nick Yeung and Prof Robin Murphy.

I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of West London. During my last two years as an undergrad I volunteered as a research intern at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (UCL) under the supervision of Prof Patrick Haggard. In 2014-15 I read for an MSc in Psychological Research at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, where I worked in Prof Masud Husain’s lab on a project using eye-tracking to investigate apathy in Parkinson’s disease.

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