Oliver Hulme



+45 2339 1399


Senior Researcher

Personal webpage


Research Interests

I have wide interests within computational biology, spanning from evolutionary theory, computational neuroscience, and neuroeconomics, through to physiology, ecology, and ethology.

The questions that preoccupy me pertain to the origins of reward value. Where do reward values come from? How are they configured evolutionarily, physiologically, and neurobiologically?

I employ a range of approaches from computational modelling, functional neuroimaging, behavioral and physiological experiments.

Research Groups

Coordinator of the research area Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience
Reward and Homeostasis (Group Leader)

Curriculum Vitae



PhD in Neuroimaging, University College London


Special Student, Harvard University


MA in Physiological Sciences, Oxford University


2011 - Present

Senior Researcher, Reward & Homeostasis Group, DRCMR

2008 - Present

Honorary Fellow, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, UCL

2010 - 2011

Visiting Researcher, Psychology Department, University of British Columbia

2010 - 2011

Lecturer, Zoology Department & Psychology Department, University of British Columbia

2009 - 2009

Visiting Scholar, Welsh Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

2007 - 2008

Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL

Full CV


Hulme,O.J, & Madsen, K.M. Reward and the Predictive Brain, in “ The Predictive Brain” 

*Meder, D., *Haagensen, B., Hulme, O.J., Morville, T.M., Gelskov, S., Herz, D., Diomsina, B., Christensen, M., Madsen, K.M., Siebner, H.R., (Forthcoming) Tuning the Brake While Raising the Stake: Network Dynamics During Sequential Decision-Making  Journal of Neuroscience

Meder, D., Madsen, K.M., Hulme, O.J., Siebner, H.R., (Forthcoming) Chasing probabilities – Signaling negative and positive prediction errors across domains. Neuroimage

Schmock H, Vangkilde A, Larsen KM, Fischer E, Birknow MR, Jepsen JR, Olesen C, Skovby F, Plessen KJ, Mørup M, Hulme O, Baaré WF, Didriksen M, Siebner HR, Werge T, Olsen L. (2015) The Danish 22q11 research initiative. BMC Psychiatry

Laursen, H.R., Siebner, H.R, Haren, T., Madsen, K., Grønlund, R., Hulme, O.J., Henningsson, S., (2014) Variation in the OXTR gene is associated with behavioral and neural correlates of empathic accuracy. Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience

Hulme,O.J., Skov, M., Chadwick M., Siebner, H.R., Ramsøy, T.Z.(2014) Sparse encoding of Associative Density in the Hippocampus  Neuroimage

Chumbley, Köchli,  Hulme, Stan Van Uum, Evan Russel, Koren, Engelman, Pizzagalli & Fehr (2014) Stress and reward: long term cortisol exposure predicts the strength of sexual preference Physiology and Behavior

Herz, D.M., Christensen, M.S., Bruggemann, N., Hulme, O. J.,  Ridderinkhof, R.K.,  Madsen, K.H., Siebner, H.R.,(2014) Motivational tuning of fronto-subthalamic connectivity facilitates control of action impulses. Journal of Neuroscience

Herz, D.M., Hulme, O.J., Florin, E., Christensen, M.S., Timmermann, L., Siebner, H.R., (2013) Levodopa reinstates connectivity from prefrontal to premotor cortex during externally paced movement in Parkinson's disease. Neuroimage

van der Vegt, J.P.M., Hulme, O.J., Zittel, S., Madsen, K.H.,  Weiss, M.M., Buhmann, C., Bloem, B.R., Münchau, A., Siebner (2013) Attenuated neural response to gamble outcomes in drug-naive patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Brain

Bach, D., Hulme, O., Penny, W., and Dolan, R. (2011). The Known Unknowns: Neural Representation of Second-order Uncertainty and Ambiguity. Journal of Neuroscience.

Hulme, O.J., Whiteley, L.E., and Shipp, S. (2010). Spatially Distributed Encoding of Covert Attentional Shifts in Human Thalamus. Journal of Neurophysiology.

Fleming, S., Whiteley, L.E., Hulme, O., Sahani, S., and Dolan, R., (2010). Effects of Category-specific Costs on Neural Systems for Perceptual Decision-making. Journal of Neurophysiology.

Kirk, U., Hulme, O.J., Skov, M., and Christensen, M.S. (2009). Modulation of aesthetic value by semantic context: an fMRI study.. Neuroimage.

Hulme, O.J. Friston, K. and Zeki, S. (2009). Neural Correlates of Stimulus Reportability. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 

Zeki, S., Hulme, O.J., Roulston, B., and Atiyah, M. (2008). The encoding of temporally irregular and regular visual patterns in the human brain.. Plos One.

Friston, K., Chu, C., Mourão-Miranda, J., Hulme, O.J, Rees, G., Penny, W., and Ashburner, J. (2008). Bayesian Decoding of Brain Images. Neuroimage.

Hulme, O.J., and Whiteley, L. (2007). The “Mesh” as Evidence - Model Comparison and Alternative Interpretations of Feedback. Behavioural and Brain Sciences.

Hulme, O.J. and Zeki, S. (2006). The Sightless View: Neural Correlates of Occluded Objects. Cerebral Cortex.