Main Focus

In her doctoral thesis, Liliana investigates the role of brain signal variability for understanding cognition and behavior. For this purpose, she uses magnet resonance imaging (MRI) and computational modeling in the context of reinforcement learning. Specifically, she investigates whether brain signal variability can advance our understanding of human behavior when dealing with exploration-exploitation dilemma, which is characterized by a conflict between choosing familiar vs. new options. 


Curriculum Vitae

2021 (expected): Dr. rer. nat. in Psychology, Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, Max Planck Institute for Human Development / Freie Universität Berlin

2018: MSc in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Freie Universität Berlin

2015: BSc in Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Selected Publications

Polyanska, L., Critchley, H. D., & Rae, C. L. (2017). Centrality of prefrontal and motor preparation cortices to Tourette syndrome revealed by meta-analysis of task-based neuroimaging studies. NeuroImage: Clinical, 16, 257-267. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2017.08.004 

Rae, C. L., Polyanska, L., Gould van Praag, C. D., Parkinson, J., Bouyagoub, S., Nagai, Y., ... & Critchley, H. D. (2018). Face perception enhances insula and motor network reactivity in Tourette syndrome. Brain, 141(11), 3249-3261. https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awy254 

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