decision-making (preference formation, health decisions, voluntary decision-making, perceptual decisions, change-of-mind)
I studied psychology at the University of Goettingen, Germany (working with Prof Thomas Rammsayer), and the University of Zurich, Switzerland (working with Prof Lutz Jaencke). Subsequently, I worked at the University Clinic Goettingen in medical psychology (with Prof Nicole von Steinbuechel). I received my PhD in psychology/cognitive neuroscience from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Leipzig / University of Leipzig, Germany, in 2010, supervised by Prof John-Dylan Haynes. In 2010, I moved to Melbourne, Australia, and worked with Prof Gary Egan at the Florey Neuroscience Institutes, before taking up a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences (MSPS) at the University of Melbourne in 2011, collaborating with Prof Philip Smith. During this time I co-founded the interdisciplinary Decision Neuroscience Lab. In 2014, I became a Lecturer at MSPS and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) fellow. In 2016, I was promoted to Senior Lecturer, and in 2018 to Associate Professor at MSPS. In 2017 I obtained my 'Habilitation' (German professorial degree) at the University of Cologne, Germany (with Prof Jutta Stahl). I am currently the Director of the Decision Science Hub at MSPS. My research focuses on the investigation of the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying perceptual, health-related, and voluntary decision-making, as well as decision errors, change-of-mind and preference formation.
- Pasricha SR, Phiri K, … Bode S, Johnson K (2018). Randomised controlled trial of the effect of intravenous iron on anaemia in Malawian pregnant women. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant.
- Chong TT-J, Bode S (2017). The desire for knowledge: Neural mechanisms of information-seeking. Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant.
- Bode S, Oldenburg B, Dixon H, Hester R, Kashima Y, Wakefield M (2017). Characterising biobehavioural mechanisms underlying the effect of health warnings on dietary decisions. MSPGH/MSPS Seed Funding Grant Scheme, UoM.
- Hogendoorn H, McKendrick A, Burkitt A, Feuerriegel D, Bode S (2017). Predicting the present: the role of predictive neural coding in visuomotor guidance over the lifespan. Melbourne Neuroscience Institute (MNI) Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Grant, UoM.
- Laham S, Smillie L, Bode S, Kashima Y. (2016). Enlightened Compassion: Psychological, Behavioral, and Physiological Profiles. The Beacon Project Psychology Funding Competition.
- Keage H, Loetscher T, Bode S. (2016). Judging every day risks: From brain function to behaviour. University of South Australia URIPA Project Grant.
- Bode S, Hester R. (2015). Decoding change-of-mind decisions and errors from brain activity in humans. Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant.
- Bode S, Murawski C. (2015). The neural encoding of stimulus attributes that bias financial decision-making. FBE/MDHS Collaboration Seed Funding, UoM.
- Bode S, Laham S, Murawski C. (2014). The neural basis of moral decision-making. Melbourne Neuroscience Institute (MNI) Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Grant, UoM.
- Bode S. (2013). Decoding unstable decision preferences from brain activity. Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).
- Bode S, Murawski C, Smith PL. (2012). Decoding preference reversals in economic decision-making from brain activ
Education and training
University of Cologne 2017
Universitaet Leipzig 2010
University of Goettingen 2005
University of Goettingen 2002
Students in the Decision Neuroscience Lab will work with neuroimaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG). Projects relate to questions concerning decision-making, preference formation and change-of-mind. We use a diverse set of analysis techniques, including the application of multivariate pattern classification analysis (MVPA). For Honours projects, a strong interest in data analysis and cognitive neuroscience is desirable, and for PhD/Masters projects, prior experience with neuroimaging data analysis and basic MATLAB skills are desirable. Please visit our website (dlab.unimelb.edu.au) for more information.