Clare College Cambridge

Rebecca Lawson

Director of Studies, Psychological & Behavioural Sciences
Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology
Senior Affiliated Scientist, MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit
Royal Society Wellcome Trust Henry Dale Fellow
Autistica Future Research Leader
Principal Investigator, Prediction and Learning Lab

My Research

Imagine pressing the button for 'coffee' on a vending machine, bringing the cup to your lips and tasting red wine. Surprise! You just experienced a prediction error.  I study the neural circuits and computations that represent prediction errors and how these processes are altered in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. My research lies at the intersection of neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry and mathematical modelling.  

My work has been covered in many major news outlets (The New York Times, The Times, The BBC, NPR – Science Friday, Time Magazine) and has been recognised with the BNPA Lishmann Prize (2014), Society for Biological Psychiatry Early Career Investigator Award (2018), UCL Neuroscience Prize (2018), and the British Association of Psychopharmacology Award (2018).  

​I really value public engagement with science, and have been involved with knit-a-neuronGuerilla Science and most recently with @PrideinSTEM.

You can find out more about my research interests and publications on my lab website here: 

Why PBS at Clare?

Psychology is a multidisciplinary area of biological science that cuts across behavioural science (in animals and humans), neuroscience, social science and medicine. Clare is blessed with a Fellowship strong in all of these subjects, which creates an excellent environment to both challenge and support you throughout your studies.