Prof. Dr. habil. Jane Neumann

Jane Neumann

for­mer Head of Junior Research Group
Com­pu­ta­tion­al Mod­el­ing of Reward-Relat­ed and Deci­sion-Mak­ing Process­es


Prof Dr Neu­mann stud­ied Com­put­er Sci­ence at the Chem­nitz Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy, Ger­many, and the Uni­ver­si­ty of York, Eng­land. She received her PhD from the Cen­ter for Cog­ni­tive Sci­ence and the School of Infor­mat­icsUni­ver­si­ty of Edin­burgh, Scot­land, where she explored new mech­a­nisms for learn­ing com­plex struc­tures in con­nec­tion­ist net­works, super­vised by Prof Mark Steed­man and Prof David Will­shaw. In 2001, she start­ed her post­doc­tor­al work at the Max Planck Insti­tute (MPI) for Human Cog­ni­tive and Brain Sci­ences in Leipzig. Focus of her research was the devel­op­ment of new meth­ods for com­pu­ta­tion­al mod­el­ling and sta­tis­ti­cal analy­sis of func­tion­al mag­net­ic res­o­nance imag­ing data. In 2012 Dr. Neu­mann received her Habil­i­ta­tion from the Fac­ul­ty of Math­e­mat­ics and Com­put­er Sci­ence at Leipzig Uni­ver­si­ty with the the­sis “Beyond acti­va­tion detec­tion: Advanc­ing com­pu­ta­tion­al tech­niques for the analy­sis of func­tion­al MRI data”. In 2010 Dr. Neu­mann start­ed her inde­pen­dent research group “Com­pu­ta­tion­al mod­el­ling of reward-relat­ed and deci­sion mak­ing process­es” at the Inte­grat­ed Research and Treat­ment Cen­ter (IFB) Adi­pos­i­ty­Dis­eases, Uni­ver­si­ty Clin­ic Leipzig. Her cur­rent research is aimed at the devel­op­ment and appli­ca­tion of com­pu­ta­tion­al mod­els for human learn­ing and deci­sion mak­ing process­es, and at inves­ti­gat­ing the neur­al cor­re­lates of learn­ing and deci­sion mak­ing by means of func­tion­al brain imag­ing, togeth­er with any obe­si­ty-spe­cif­ic alter­ations of these process­es as one pos­si­ble cause of obe­si­ty.

Junior Research Group Leader: Inte­grat­ed Research and Treat­ment Cen­ter (IFB) Adi­pos­i­ty Dis­eases, Leipzig Uni­ver­si­ty Hos­pi­tal
Research Sci­en­tist: Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Cog­ni­tive and Brain Sci­ences, Leipzig, Ger­many
PhD: Cen­ter for Cog­ni­tive Sci­ence and Divi­sion of Infor­mat­ics, Uni­ver­si­ty of Edin­burgh, Scot­land
Com­put­er Sci­ence: Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy Chem­nitz, Ger­many, and Uni­ver­si­ty of York, Eng­land