Lukas J. Gunschera

Lukas J. Gunschera

PhD Student, Psychologist

University of Cambridge

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit


I am a PhD Student at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge. I am particularly interested in the potential cognitive and social mechanisms that underlie human learning. My current research examines risk and protective factors of social media use utilising approaches from the field of computational psychiatry. I have a background in methodology and statistics and focus on conducting open and reproducible research.

  • Open, reproducible, and transparent research
  • Digital mental health
  • Belief updating processes
  • Computational psychiatry
  • PhD in Medical Science, 2023-2027

    University of Cambridge

  • MSc in Psychological Research, 2020-2022

    University of Amsterdam

  • Honours BSc in Psychology, 2017-2020

    Radboud University

  • Erasmus Semester, 2019

    University of Leeds

Publications & Preprints

(2023). The validation of online webcam-based eye-tracking: The replication of the cascade effect, the novelty preference, and the visual world paradigm. Behavior Research Methods.


(2023). No Impaired Integration in Psychopathy: Evidence from an Illusory Conjunction Paradigm. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.


(2022). Social economic decision-making and psychopathy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.



University of Cambridge, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
PhD Student
October 1, 2023 – Present Cambridge
  • Mechanisms linking social media and mental health
  • Computational psychiatry
University of Cambridge, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
Research Assistant
October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023 Cambridge
  • Social media and mental health
  • Reinforcement learning on social media
University of Oxford
Research Assistant
November 15, 2021 – October 31, 2022 Oxford
  • Cognitive correlates of psychopathic personality traits
  • Associative learning deficits implicated in psychopathy
University of Amsterdam
Teaching Assistant
February 1, 2022 – October 31, 2022
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Addiction and Compulsive Disorders
  • Scientific Writing and Presenting
University of Amsterdam
Research Assistant
July 1, 2021 – October 31, 2022 Habit Lab
  • Psychological processes underlying the formation of habits
  • Long-term development of habits
University of Amsterdam
Research Assistant & Intern
January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021 Lie Lab
  • Detection of deception by means of heuristic cues
  • Classification performance in the concealed information test
University of Oxford
Research Intern
November 1, 2019 – December 15, 2019 Ocean Lab
  • Impaired Integration and psychopathic traits
  • Attentional bottleneck model of psychopathy
Radboud University
Research Intern
October 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019 SAMBA Group
  • Moral decision-making of psychopathic individuals
  • Computational modelling of decision-making


Thesis Award
Honours Bachelor Psychology
Propedeuse Cum Laude
Honours Interdisciplinary


Introduction to Probability and Data with R
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