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Elsa Fouragnan

School of Psychology

Portland Square • Plymouth PL4 8AA • United Kingdom

Phone +44(0)77 0333 5897 • E-mail

Professional appointments

University of Plymouth, UK

UKRI Future Leader Fellow, Decision and Learning Lab

Head of the NIBS Laboratory, Brain Research Imaging Centre

May 2020 – Present (Lecturer from 2018 – 2020)

University of Oxford, UK

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 

Advisor: Prof. Matthew Rushworth

April 2016 - Present


University of Glasgow, UK

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 

Advisor: Dr. Marios Philiastides

November 2012 – April 2016


University of Southern California, USA

PhD Visitor Scholar

October 2010 – April 2011


DARPA, San Diego, USA

Research Engineer (Research & development)

Quantum Applied Sciences & Research, DARPA research Project: “Non-invasive sensing systems, EEG machine-learning”

March 2008 – October 2009


PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience (European Scholarship)

Defended in April 2013,

University of Trento, Italy

Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences

Thesis title: The neural computation of trust and reputation

Advisors: Prof. Giorgio Coricelli, Prof. Paolo Avesani

Thesis examers: Prof. Kerstin Preuschoff, Prof. Natalie Sebanz

MEng (distinction) in Cognitive Engineering

Received in 2008, Polytechnic institute (INP-ENSC)

University of Bordeaux, France

Engineering skills: Artificial Intelligence, Biomedical Engineering

Specific skills: Psychology, Human & Machine Cognition

BA (1 st class with distinction) in Cognitive Sciences

Received in 2005, Victor Segalen, Bordeaux II

University of Bordeaux, France

Trained in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Developmental Psychology, Mathematics in the Life Science, Data Analysis



Strategic Investment Fund  - 2021-2022 "Developping the new generation of brain ultrasound stimulation for double-blinded investigations"

Role: PI

UKRI Future Leader Fellowship - 2020-2027 "Mapping the neural circuit of credit assignment for a new targeted intervention in addiction"

Role: PI

Wellcome Trust Career Development Award (SIF) 2023-2031 (£2,140,669) with Toby Wise (PI)

Role: Collaborator

Leverhulme - 2019-2022 "Social perception as Bayesian hypothesis testing and revision" with Patric Bach (PI)

Role: Co-I

Praxis Clinical Grant, 2012 “The role of emotions and impulsivity in eating disorders” with Dr. Remi Neveu

Role: Co-I


PIUNA Grant, Spain, 2011 “Social learning and reputation effect with the use of behavioral and physiological data” with Prof. Christine Choirat, University of Barcelona

Role: Co-I


Travel grant for J-1 exchange visitor (6 months), Los Angeles, USA, 2010 PhD visitor Scholar, KAP Economics Department, University of Southern California PhD European fellowship, 2009-2013


European Scholarship for three years PhD

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