Thomas Pfeffer

Thomas Pfeffer (*1983) is a neuroscientist who works at the intersection of computational, cognitive and network neuroscience. Thomas studied Psychology (BSc) in Vienna and Magdeburg, followed by an MSc in Brain and Cognitive Science at the University of Amsterdam. From 2013 to 2017, he was a PhD candidate at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. In his doctoral work, he investigated the computational mechanisms and the underlying neural network dynamics that govern human decision-making. In late 2019, he was awarded a Feodor-Lynen postdoctoral fellowship by the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, funding a two-year research project carried out in the ‘Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Group’ of Prof. Gustavo Deco at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. In his current line of work, Thomas studies the directionality of information flow, as well as changes thereof, in the human brain through the simulation of large-scale biophysical models of neural population dynamics. 

Aside from his scientific work, Thomas was enrolled in an MFA program at the University of the Arts (HfBK) Hamburg between 2013 and 2014. Ever since, he has maintained an avid interest in the interplay between science, technology and art, with a particular focus on data-driven, algorithmic and procedural art.