Dr Ben Seymour, Computational and Biological Learning Lab, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ


Center for Information and Neural Networks, National Institute for Information and Communications Technology (NICT), 1-3 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan.

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Ben Seymour

Group Leader (Cambridge, Japan)

Ben is neurologist and neuroscientist, who's primary research aims to understand how pain is processed in the human brain by using a combination of theoretical and experimental methods. The goal is to use this knowledge to design new types of (technology-based) treatment for patients who suffer from pain - the commonest cause of disability worldwide.

Ben funded by the Wellcome Trust (UK)


Agnes Norbury

Post-doctoral researcher (Cambridge)

Agnes joined the lab in April 2016, having been a PhD student with Jon Roiser and Masud Husain at UCL. She studies the computational neuroscience of aversive learning, and develops models of how these underlying processes might give rise to pathological states such as chronic pain and depression.



Hiro Mano

Post-doctoral Researcher (Cambridge)

Hiro's main research interests are the mechanisms of pain perception in the brain and its physiological effects in the autonomic nervous system. He is also interested in understanding the therapeutic effects of physical therapies such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation. His background is in imaging technology and engineering, having joined us from Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR) in 2012. He works jointly at CiNet (Japan) and Cambridge.


Suyi Zhang

PhD Student (Cambridge)


Suyi's main research interest is in reinforcement learning and neuro-engineering. She currently studies models of relief conditioning using multi-modal physiological recording and fMRI decoding. Her background is in biomedical engineering. She is now doing her PhD at CBL, Cambridge.


Tristan Nakagawa

Post-doctoral researcher (Japan)

Tristan's main research interest is computational modelling and data analysis of ongoing functional connectivity data in rest and task MEG. He is joining us from Barcelona, and will be part of our Japan-based iFReC research program into models of injury and brain - immune interactions


Christian Sprenger

Christian is a clinical post-doctoral researcher supported by the German Research Foundation, who joined the lab from University of Hamburg. He studies human and rodent fMRI, with an interest in endogenous analgesia and opioid mechanisms. See here for more information.


Flavia Mancini

Flavia is a post-doctoral researcher, who joined the lab from UCL. She works on neural circuits underlying the conscious experience of pain, and how these circuits are affected by injury and inflamation. See here for more information.




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