Tobias U. Hauser

What are the neural and computational mechanisms that go awry in psychiatric patients and how do these deficits emerge during development?

Tobias Hauser is interested in understanding the neurocomputational mechanisms underlying obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). His research aims to bridge the gaps between symptoms, aberrant cognitions and deficient neural processes using computational neuroimaging. He pursues a translational approach, where clinical, pharmacological and basic neuroscience studies mutually inform each other to better characterise the neural network deficiencies in mental health patients.

Tobias has a developmental perspective and investigates when and how psychiatric symptoms manifest and how they are related to deviations of a canonical brain development. He uses a variety of neuroscientific techniques (fMRI, EEG, MEG, tDCS, pupillometry) and computational modelling to link overt behaviour to algorithmic and implementation levels.

For more information about his research, please visit the Developmental Computational Psychiatry Group website.

New Brain Explorer Research App released

Why do most mental health illnesses first manifest before adulthood? Our group has launched a new smartphone app to investigate how brain development is linked to mental health in a new citizen science project. The Brain Explorer app ( uses the latest state-of-the-art insights from… Read more

PostDoc position available

We are looking for PostDocs! If you are interested to work with Tobias, please get in touch with Tobias. If you want to do research in computational psychiatry, decision neuroscience, OCD, or developmental cognitive neuroscience, let Tobias know and he is happy to discuss opportunities… Read more

Sir Henry Dale Fellowship awarded

It is my great pleasure to announce that I was awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship from Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society to establish my own group at the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, and the Wellcome Centre for… Read more

New PhD position – Join!

Interested in a PhD in Computational Psychiatry? Then apply to our PhD program until 26 August 2018 to pursue a PhD with me. Please feel free to contact me in advance and discuss potential projects. The lab will mainly be looking at Developmental Computational Psychiatry… Read more

Jacobs Research Fellowship

I am very happy that I received a Research Fellowship from the Jacobs Foundation. This Fellowship will allow me to investigate the mechanisms underlying curiosity during development. I will also become part of a great network of scientists that are interested in development during childhood… Read more

Join the Lab!

Interested in a PhD in Computational Psychiatry? Then apply to our PhD program until 11 Feburary 2018 to pursue a PhD with me. Please feel free to contact me in advance and discuss potential projects. You can find all the details on the page ‘Join… Read more

Information Gathering across a compulsivity spectrum

We just published a new paper in Translational Psychiatry, where we investigate information gathering behaviour across a compulsivity spectrum. Crucially, we recruited subjects with high or low obsessive-compulsive symptoms, but which were matched for other psychiatric dimensions, such as depressive symptoms. We found that these… Read more

Do a PhD with us in Computational Psychiatry

We have a few positions open for a PhD at the Max Planck UCL Centre. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD in Computational Psychiatry and have a strong background in computational modelling and/or cognitive neuroscience and psychiatry, then please apply for these great… Read more

Interview on bornascientist

A friend of mine, Nora Raschle, recently launched an excellent website that provides lots of materials and facts around the brain and science in general. I have to say this is a brilliant resource, especially for children that want to learn about the brain. Please… Read more

Kramer-Pollnow-Award 2017

I am happy to announce that I received this year’s Kramer-Pollnow Award together with Anna Eichler. The Kramer-Pollnow Award is a German award primarily for work on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The committee thought that my previous work on ADHD (esp my paper at TiNS) was… Read more