Dan Bang

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow
Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging
UCL Institute of Neurology



I study how humans build mental models of the world for behavioral control, with a focus on social behaviour. Social situations are complex: an action that is rewarded in one context may be punished in another, and what we think or feel may clashed with the required behaviour. For example, it may be socially appropriate to express gratitude for a gift we do not want, or remorse for an action we do not regret. I seek to understand how humans solve such problems, using behavioural testing, computational modelling and neuroimaging methods. These approaches allow me to characterise the cognitive processes that underlie behaviour and study their implementation in the brain. A biologically-informed account of human social function is important for advancing our understanding of disorders of mental health. Many mental disorders are social in nature – they manifest in the interaction between people – but we lack a mechanistic explanation of what has gone awry.


Recent announcements

  • Talk @ Fralin Biomedical Research Institute I recently gave a talk at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, titled "Private-public mappings in brain and behaviour". I provide an overview of my current and future work - including ...
    Posted 18 Aug 2019, 17:26 by Dan Bang
  • Noise blindness Our article on noise blindness and suboptimal inference has been published in Nature Communications [available here].
    Posted 25 Jun 2019, 01:27 by Dan Bang
  • Optimal adolescence Our article on group decision-making (data collected 6 years ago!) has been published in Scientific Reports [available here].
    Posted 25 Jun 2019, 01:26 by Dan Bang
  • Talk @ Virginia Tech I recently gave a talk at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, titled "Neurocomputational mechanisms of private and public confidence in humans". I provide an overview of my current and ...
    Posted 18 Aug 2019, 17:28 by Dan Bang
  • Shouldering Responsibility We wrote a Perspective for Science on Edelson et al.'s article "Computational and neurobiological foundations of leadership decisions" [available here].
    Posted 29 Aug 2018, 01:53 by Dan Bang
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