Deputy Senior Tutor
- Research Associate, CU Dept Physiology, Development & Neuroscience
- Tutor, Wolfson College
Dr Vestergaard received his PhD in Psychological Acoustics from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) where he had previously earned his MSc and EE degrees following undergraduate and graduate studies in Electrical Engineering and Communications at DTU and in Systèmes Electroniques et Informatiques Industrielles at Université de Nantes. He then became a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Neural Basis of Hearing, Cambridge before he moved on to study cognitive aspect of the reward system in humans in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience.
His research interests include evolutionary based mechanisms of automatic processing in sensory systems, cognitive aspects of auditory perception, intuitive decision-making and irrational choice. He uses psychophysical, electrophysiological and neuroimaging methods. A key finding in his earlier work was that humans and other animals may have evolved an ability to judge the competence of suitors and predators by gauging skeletal size from their communication signals. At the moment he is working on suboptimal behaviour in economic game theory.
In his free time he plays the guitar, does yoga and tae-kwon-do, and is a keen runner and volleyball player.