I am studying the neuronal dynamics of complex problem solving and computations underlying general intelligence in brains and machines. I am especially interested in rapid One-Shot learning and compositional problem solving to understand how we can flexibly construct attentional episodes to decompose problems into easier subparts and find generalisable solutions in changing environment. I investigate those mechanisms using electrophysiological / spike data, neural networks, and mathematical process models.
My work is supervised by John Duncan (Cambridge) and Matt Botvinick (Google DeepMind) and funded by a Gates Scholarship. Before I was a scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).
DUNCAN, J.D., Smith, V., Pinasco, C., ACHTERBERG, J. , MITCHELL, D., Das, T., Roca, M. (2022) Fluid intelligence and naturalistic task impairments after focal brain lesions, Cortex, 146: 106-115 [Open Access]
DUNCAN, J.D., ACHTERBERG, J. , KADOSHINA, M., Watanabe, K., Buckley, M. (2021) The one-shot shift from explore to exploit in monkey prefrontal cortex, The Journal of Neuroscience, 15 Nov 2021, 42(2):276-287 [Open Access]
SIMPSON-KENT, I., FUHRMANN, D., Bathelt, J., Achterberg, J. , BORGEEST, G.S., the CALM Team, KIEVIT, R.A. (2020) Erratum to “Neurocognitive reorganization between crystallized intelligence, fluid intelligence and white matter microstructure in two age-heterogeneous developmental cohorts” [Dev. Cogn. Neurosci. 41 (2020) 100743]., Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 41, 100743 [Open Access]