Mr Jascha Achterberg

University Position
PhD student


As a part of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit I am studying the neuronal dynamics of complex problem solving and computations underlying general intelligence in brains and machines. I am especially interested in rapid One-Shot learning and compositional problem solving to understand how we can flexibly construct attentional episodes to decompose problems into easier subparts and find generalisable solutions in changing environment. I investigate those mechanisms using electrophysiological / spike data, neural networks, and mathematical process models. My work is supervised by John Duncan (Cambridge) and Matt Botvinick (Google DeepMind) and funded by a Gates Scholarship. Before I was a scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).

Key Publications


Fluid intelligence and naturalistic task impairments after focal brain lesions.

Journal: Cortex
E-pub date: 1 Jan 2022
Authors: V Smith, C Pinasco, J Achterberg, DJ Mitchell, T Das, M Roca, J Duncan