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Kenji Kobayashi



  • PhD in Neuroscience, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • BS & MS in Life Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan


  • Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of York (2023-)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, USA (2019-2023) 
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia University, USA (2017-2019)



My research aims to understand how people make decisions at the behavioural, cognitive, and neural levels. I am particularly interested in the mechanisms of information seeking in service of value-based and social decisions. My research combines ideas and methods from neuroscience, psychology, and behavioural economics, and uses a variety of techniques such as computational modelling, functional neuroimaging (fMRI), and brain stimulation (TMS).



Selected publications

  • Kobayashi, K., Kable, J.W., Hsu, M. & Jenkins, A.C. (2022). Neural representations of others' traits predict social decisions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(22), e2116944119.
  • Kobayashi, K., Lee, S., Filipowicz, A.L.S., McGaughey, K.D., Kable, J.W. & Nassar, M.R. (2021). Dynamic representation of the subjective value of information. Journal of Neuroscience, 41(39), 8220-8232.
  • Kobayashi, K. & Hsu, M. (2019). Common neural code for reward and information value. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(26), 13061-13066.
  • Kobayashi, K., Ravaioli, S., Baranès, A., Woodford, M. & Gottlieb, J. (2019). Diverse motives for human curiosity. Nature Human Behaviour, 3, 587-595.

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External activities


  • Society for Neuroscience, Society for Neuroeconomics

Contact details

Kenji Kobayashi
Department of Psychology
University of York
Room PS/B/109