In my work there, I investigate the processing of long-term memory during sleep and how the brain determines what enters our memory and what doesn't. I especially focus on the influence of reward: Highly rewarded information is preferentially consolidated during sleep.
I mainly collected data in experiments with rodents. That involved delayed discounting paradigms, where rats had to choose between two outcomes that were delivered at different timepoints. Another large project was the social maze, were rats could make a choice between getting a reward for themselves or for themselves and another rat. Lastly, the conformity paradigm dealed with whether rats passed on their food preferences to other rats.
I assisted two PhD students who tested neurocognitive processes in rodent touchscreen boxes. I worked with mice to investigate the influence of fluoxetine in a range of (motivational) cognitive tasks like the progressive ratio task. In rats, I was involved in a project about sustained attention, where we developed a distraction probe for the continuous performance task. In another project, we examined hippocampal neurogenesis in spatial pattern separation.
In a short internship as part of my Bachelor's degree, I tested rats in delay discounting tasks.
Master's thesis: Keep Calm and Discuss: The Reception of Different Styles of Discourse in a Scientific Debate
Bachelor's thesis: Investigating Choice Behaviour in Rats Opting Between Immediate and Delayed Aversive Options