Martin Vestergaard

Dr Martin Vestergaard


Martin is a neuroscientist interested in the psychology of decision-making, mental health & communication

Martin Vestergaard

Martin 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 électroniques et Informatiques Industrielles at Polytech Nantes.

He was 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 the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience.

He became a Fellow and Tutor in Wolfson College in 2011, and since 2016 he has held the role as Deputy Senior Tutor.

Research interests

Martin's research interests include mechanisms of automatic processing in sensory systems and their evolutionary basis, cognitive aspects of auditory perception, and behavioural and neural aspects of economic decision-making. He uses psychophysical, electrophysiological and neuroimaging methods to identify behavioural and neural indices of reward processing and auditory specialization.

A key finding in his early work is 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.

Recently, he has been working on brain mechanisms underlying suboptimal behaviour and irrational decision-making.