Dr Rebecca Lawson



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Becky is a Royal Society Wellcome Trust Henry Dale Fellow at the University of Cambridge where she is an affiliate lecturer at the Psychology Department, and Principal Investigator of the Prediction and Learning Lab. Becky's research interests concern how differences in learned expectations influence neural processing in health, development and disorder.

She received a first class honours degree in Psychology & Philosophy from the University of Glasgow (2002-2006), before completing a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge (2006-2010; Darwin College). Her PhD investigated how "top-down" prior expectations change neural processing in social contexts. As a postdoc at University College London (2010-2017) she researched the computational and neurobiological mechanisms underlying psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders; most notably major depressive disorder and autism. Becky's research lies at the intersection of neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry and mathematical modelling.  

Her 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) and the SOBP Early Career Investigator Award (2018). 

​Becky values public engagement, and has been involved with knit-a-neuronGuerilla Science and most recently with @PrideinSTEM.

You can find out more about Becky's research interests and publications on her lab website here: https://www.lawsonlab.co.uk