Dr. Hauke Hillebrandt, Ph.D.

Work Address:
Dr. Hauke Hillebrandt
Suite 2
United Kingdom
Tel.: 001 845 444-2853


Research

Research Interests

global health, public health, development economics, poverty economics, aid effectiveness, policy, effective altruism, education, online learning, multivariate methods, computational modelling, machine learning, big data, game theory, open science, moral cognition, cooperative behavior, decision making, human brain development, philosophy of science, augmented reality, brain computer interfaces, developmental cognitive neuroscience, brain development in adolescence, connectomics, brain connectivity, dynamical causal modelling, executive functions, perspective taking, theory of mind, philosophy of mind, the free will problem, agency detection, hierarchical predictive coding, free energy principle.

Research and Teaching Experience


02/2015-
to date
Centre for Effective AltruismOxford, United Kingdom.
Director of Research at "Giving What We Can"
01/2013-
06/2013
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States.
Teaching Fellow in Psychology to Professor Joshua Greene
12/2012Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States.
Guest lecturer in Psychology 1552 "Styles of thought" and Psychology 950 "Psychology Live" on scientific writing

05/2012         Wellcome Trust Centre for NeuroimagingUniversity College London, United Kingdom.
Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) course: helped researchers learn how to perform statistical analyses of brain imaging data

09/2009-
09/2013

Institute of Cognitive NeuroscienceUniversity College London, United Kingdom.
IT Demonstratorship

2011University College London, United Kingdom.
Essay grading and feedback for Cognitive Neuroscience Module of the MSc Research Methods in Psychology
01/2009- 
06/2009

Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
Teaching Assistant to Professor Gerald Echterhoff.
Responsibilities: • Helping students with assignments • Grading exams • Organizational and administrative tasks
07/2008- 
12/2008

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, United Kingdom.
Research Intern at Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore's lab.
Responsibilities: Programmed dynamic user interface for experiment on behavioral game theory leading to publication, Designed Website

11/2006- 
07/2007

Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development, Bremen, Germany.
Research Intern – for a study on “Interpersonal Perception and Curiosity”.
Responsibilities: Data input, Participant acquisition, Conducting experiments, Administrative tasks

Publications in peer-reviewed Journals

Allen, M., Fardo, F., Dietz, M. J., Hillebrandt, H., Rees, G., & Roepstorff, A. (In Revision at Journal of Neuroscience). The anterior insula compares expected and actual body-states: evidence for embodied predictive coding.

Hillebrandt, H., Friston, K. J., & Blakemore, S.-J. (2014). Effective connectivity during animacy perception-dynamic causal modelling of Human Connectome Project data. Nature Scientific Reports, 4. doi:10.1038/srep06240

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Bazargani N., Hillebrandt, H., Christoff, K, Dumontheil, I. (2013). Developmental changes in effective connectivity associated with relational reasoning. Human Brain Mapping, 35(7), 3262-3276. doi:10.1002/hbm.22400

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Hillebrandt, H., Dumontheil I., Blakemore, S, Roiser, J.P. (2013). Dynamic Causal Modelling of effective connectivity during perspective taking in a communicative task Neuroimage. 76, 116–124. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.02.072
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Stimuli

Hillebrandt, H.*, Dumontheil, I.*, Apperly, I. A., & Blakemore, S.-J. (2012). Developmental Differences in the Control of Action Selection by Social Information. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(10), 2080–2095. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00268
Stimuli
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Hillebrandt, H., Sebastian, C. & Blakemore, S. (2011). Experimentally induced social inclusion influences behavior on trust games. Cognitive Neuroscience, 2(1), 27-33. doi:10.1080/17588928.2010.515020
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Hillebrandt, H., Draghici, A.* & Petca, R.* (2009) Inferring Emotion from Facial Expressions in Social Contexts: A Role of Self-Construal? Journal of European Psychology Students 1(1):3 doi:10.5334/jeps.ac

* indicates shared first authorship

Conferences

Hillebrandt, H. (2013) Dynamic Causal Modelling of effective connectivity during mental state attribution. Cognitive Neuroscience Society. San Francisco, USA.

Hillebrandt, H., Dumontheil I., Blakemore, S, Roiser, J.P. (2012) Exhaustive Dynamic Causal Modelling of effective connectivity during perspective taking in a communicative task. Society for Neuroscience. New Orleans, USA.

Hillebrandt, H., Dumontheil, I., Blakemore, S.J. Dynamic Causal Modelling of effective connectivity from fMRI data in adults compared to adolescents during perspective taking in a communicative task (2011) The Social Brain Workshop, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Cook, J., Press, C., Saygin, A.P., Kilner, J., Hillebrandt, H., & Blakemore, SJ. (2011) Neural correlates of subjective and objective processing of minimum-jerk biological motionThe Social Brain Workshop, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Dumontheil, I., Hillebrandt, H., Apperly, I.A., Blakemore, S.J. Increased recruitment of the left anterior temporal cortex in adults compared to adolescents during perspective taking in a communicative task (2011) The Social Brain Workshop, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Cook, J., Press, C., Saygin, A.P., Kilner, J., Hillebrandt, H. & Blakemore, SJ. (2011) Neural correlates of subjective and objective processing of minimum-jerk biological motion. UCL Neuroscience Symposium. University College London, UK.

Cook, J., Press, C., Saygin, A.P., Kilner, J., Hillebrandt, H., & Blakemore, SJ. (2010) Neural correlates of subjective and objective processing of minimum-jerk biological motion. Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, USA.

Invited Talks

Dynamic Causal Modelling of animacy perception: a Human Connectome study (2014) Moral Cognition lab, Harvard University, United States. 

Dynamic causal modelling of perspective taking in a communicative task (2011) Departmental Talk,  Institute of Cognitive NeuroscienceUniversity College London, United Kingdom.

Experimentally induced social inclusion influences behavior on trust games. (2010) Network for Co-operation and Governance Research, London, United Kingdom.

Reviewing for Journals

Ward, J. 'The Student's Guide to Social Neuroscience' (2011) - New York, NY: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group)

Memberships


Education

05/2012-
03/2014

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States.
Research fellow at Moral Cognition lab.

09/2009-
09/2014

Institute of Cognitive NeuroscienceUniversity College London, United Kingdom.
Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience.
Supervisors: Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Dr. Jonathan Roiser.

09/2006- 
06/2009

Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.
Bachelor's degree. Major in Cognitive Psychology
Electives in Neurobiology and Philosophy of Mind.

09/2008- 
12/2008

Division of Psychology and Language SciencesUniversity College London, United Kingdom.
Visiting student (all marks equivalent to ‘distinction’)

08/1998- 
06/2005

Niedersächsisches Internatsgymnasium, Bad Bederkesa, Germany.
German higher education entrance qualification 'Abitur'
Focused on Mathematics, English literature, and Politics
Distinction for volunteering work

Coursework

2015Imperial College London.
Week-long intensive course on Global Health

2013Harvard Department of Economics and Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Audited course 'Education Reform in America'

2010, 2012Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Workshop on the Biology of Social Cognition, New York, United States.
Fellowship
2011School Of Public Policy, Department of Political Science, University College London United Kingdom.
Audited course from MSc in Public policy 'Public policy economics and analysis'

09/2009- 
08/2010
Division of Psychology and Language SciencesUniversity College London, United Kingdom.
Course work from the MSc in Research Methods in Programming, Statistics, Research Methods, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Developmental Psychology.

07/2007- 
08/2007
Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria
Took part in a 200-hour Psychology Summer School-final grade: 'very good'.


Skills and Achievements

Awards

2012Charlotte and Yule Bogue Research Fellowship ($6500) for research visit to Moral Cognition lab at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Workshop on the Biology Social Cognition, New York, United States.

2010Received Travel Award ($400) from INCORE for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Workshop on the Biology Social Cognition, New York, United States.

2009Full Scholarship ($150,000) covering living costs, tuition fee waiver, and research allowance for PhD studies at University College London.

2007, 2008C.Y. Tung Scholarship 2007 and 2008 ($8000)

Programming and IT

MATLAB, Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM), Cogent graphics, Psychophysical Toolbox, HTML, PHP, SPSS, AMOS, Photoshop.

Languages

English: native level; German: native language; French: basic knowledge


Practical Experience

2009-
2013

Web designer and web consultant for Centre for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, London, United Kingdom.
09/2005-
05/2006
'Schule am Wiesendamm', Bad Bederkesa, Germany.
Social Service at a school for children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Responsibilities: • Educational tasks • Custodial tasks • Administrative tasks


Public engagement activities and volunteering

2014 Physically Active Youth, comprehensive after-school programme in Namibia, for the Global Diploma project
eLearning consultant

2009-
2013

Public Engagement Committee at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, London, United Kingdom.
Member

Technical Committee at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, London, United Kingdom.
Member

2011 Houses of Commons, British Parliament, London, United Kingdom.
Attended Science Policy Workshop 'Newton's Apple'

2010 Cell Press LabLinks conference on Social Cognition.
Volunteer

2009 Environmental Club at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.
Funding member. Responsibilities: started environmental awareness campaign with energy consumption statistics on campus, setting up web presence, writing articles for the student newspaper.

2009 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. 'The teenage brain - a work in progress'.
Exhibitor

2008 Royal Society Panel Discussion on 'Talent and Autism' hosted by Uta Frith.
Volunteer

2008 Blood drive, Bremen, Germany.
Co-organized and promoted a blood drive with more than 100 donors on campus with the help of the German Red Cross

2007 Autisms congress 2007, Institute for Research on Autism, Bremen, Germany.
Organizer. International autism congress "Parents and Therapists meet Researchers"

References

References are available upon request