Biography

Dr Thomas FitzGerald joined UEA as a lecturer in 2016. He read Philosophy at the University of Cambridge (2003), and, after a brief interlude at medical school, completed a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (2010). He then spent five years as a postdoctoral fellow at University College London, working at both the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging and the Max Planck-UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research.

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FitzGerald, T. H. B., Hämmerer, D., Friston, K. J., Li, S., Dolan, R. J.

(2017)

Sequential inference as a mode of cognition and its correlates in fronto-parietal and hippocampal brain regions,

in PLoS Computational Biology

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article no. e1005418

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Pinotsis, D. A., Geerts, J. P., Pinto, L., FitzGerald, T. H. B., Litvak, V., Auksztulewicz, R., Friston, K. J.

(2017)

Linking canonical microcircuits and neuronal activity: Dynamic Causal Modelling of Laminar Recordings,

in NeuroImage

146

pp. 355–366

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Friston, K., FitzGerald, T., Rigoli, F., Schwartenbeck, P., Pezzulo, G.

(2017)

Active Inference: A Process Theory,

in Neural Computation

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pp. 1-49

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Friston, K., FitzGerald, T., Rigoli, F., Schwartenbeck, P., O'Doherty, J., Pezzulo, G.

(2016)

Active inference and learning,

in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews

68

pp. 862-879

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Schwartenbeck, P., FitzGerald, T. H. B., Dolan, R.

(2016)

Neural signals encoding shifts in beliefs,

in NeuroImage

125

pp. 578-586

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FitzGerald, T. H. B., Dolan, R. J., Friston, K.

(2015)

Dopamine, reward learning, and active inference,

in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience

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article no. 136

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Friston, K., Rigoli, F., Ognibene, D., Mathys, C., Fitzgerald, T., Pezzulo, G.

(2015)

Active inference and epistemic value,

in Cognitive Neuroscience

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pp. 187-214

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Schwartenbeck, P., FitzGerald, T. H. B., Mathys, C., Dolan, R., Friston, K.

(2015)

The Dopaminergic Midbrain Encodes the Expected Certainty about Desired Outcomes,

in Cerebral Cortex

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pp. 3434-3445

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FitzGerald, T. H. B., Moran, R. J., Friston, K. J., Dolan, R. J.

(2015)

Precision and neuronal dynamics in the human posterior parietal cortex during evidence accumulation,

in NeuroImage

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pp. 219-228

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FitzGerald, T. H. B., Schwartenbeck, P., Moutoussis, M., Dolan, R. J., Friston, K.

(2015)

Active inference, evidence accumulation, and the urn task,

in Neural Computation

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pp. 306-328

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Schwartenbeck, P., FitzGerald, T. H. B., Mathys, C., Dolan, R., Wurst, F., Kronbichler, M., Friston, K.

(2015)

Optimal inference with suboptimal models: Addiction and active Bayesian inference,

in Medical Hypotheses

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pp. 109-117

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Schwartenbeck, P., FitzGerald, T. H. B., Mathys, C., Dolan, R., Kronbichler, M., Friston, K.

(2015)

Evidence for surprise minimization over value maximization in choice behavior,

in Scientific Reports

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Friston, K., Schwartenbeck, P., FitzGerald, T., Moutoussis, M., Behrens, T., Dolan, R. J.

(2014)

The anatomy of choice: dopamine and decision-making,

in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

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article no. 20130481

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Pooresmaeili, A., FitzGerald, T. H. B., Bach, D. R., Toelch, U., Ostendorf, F., Dolan, R. J.

(2014)

Cross-modal effects of value on perceptual acuity and stimulus encoding,

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

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pp. 15244-15249

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Chowdhury, F. A., Woldman, W., FitzGerald, T. H. B., Elwes, R. D. C., Nashef, L., Terry, J. R., Richardson, M. P.

(2014)

Revealing a brain network endophenotype in families with idiopathic generalised epilepsy,

in PLoS ONE

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article no. e110136

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Callaghan, M. F., Freund, P., Draganski, B., Anderson, E., Cappelletti, M., Chowdhury, R., Diedrichsen, J., Fitzgerald, T. H. B., Smittenaar, P., Helms, G., Lutti, A., Weiskopf, N.

(2014)

Widespread age-related differences in the human brain microstructure revealed by quantitative magnetic resonance imaging,

in Neurobiology of Aging

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pp. 1862-72

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FitzGerald, T. H. B., Dolan, R. J., Friston, K. J.

(2014)

Model averaging, optimal inference, and habit formation,

in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

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pp. 457

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Gu, X., FitzGerald, T. H. B.

(2014)

Interoceptive inference: homeostasis and decision-making,

in Trends in Cognitive Sciences

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pp. 269-70

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van Wijk, B. C. M., Fitzgerald, T. H. B.

(2014)

Thalamo-cortical cross-frequency coupling detected with MEG,

in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

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pp. 187

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Smittenaar, P., Prichard, G., FitzGerald, T. H. B., Diedrichsen, J., Dolan, R. J.

(2014)

Transcranial direct current stimulation of right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex does not affect model-based or model-free reinforcement learning in humans,

in PLoS ONE

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article no. e86850

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Key Research Interests

Thomas uses computational modelling, behavioural testing and neuroimaging to address problems in learning and decision-making. Particular areas of interest include reward learning, structure learning (how we build mental models of the world) and the Bayesian brain hypothesis. He also has an interest in using computational approaches to understand psychiatric disorders, particularly psychosis.

Get in touch if you would like to discuss possible PhD projects in these areas, or are interested in getting research experience in the lab.

Teaching Interests

Module co-ordinator: Brain, Minds and Machines (Third Year)

Lecturer: Social and Affective Neuroscience (Third Year), Cognitive Neuroscience Topics and Methods (Masters)

Key Responsibilities

Examinations Officer