Dr. Andreea Diaconescu

Post-doctoral Fellow, Translational Neuromodeling Unit (TNU),  Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Zürich & ETH Zürich



Andreea Diaconescu obtained her PhD at the Rotman Research Institute affiliated with University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Randy McIntosh. During her graduate training, Andreea examined the temporal dynamics of multisensory processes and how auditory-visual interactions change with age using electro- and magneto-encephalography. Andreea has also collaborated with Shitij Kapur (Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London) and Gwenn Smith (Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center), investigating pharmacological models of psychiatric disorders, including unipolar depression and schizophrenia. Since June 2011, Andreea has joined the Translational Neuromodeling Unit (TNU) at University of Zürich and ETH Zürich under the supervision of Klaas Enno Stephan. At the TNU, she studies how individuals infer on others’ intentions, and has used model-based approaches to characterize the neural mechanisms underlying social decision-making. Currently, Andreea is interested in developing model-based assays of social learning and decision-making that could be applied to understanding persecutory delusions and theory of mind deficits that are prevalent in certain psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia.

Current research featured at ZURICH.MINDS and TEDxZurich

Research Funding:

Forschungskredit Universität Zürich Fellowship: 2013-2014 FP7

Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship: 2011-2013


Hierarchical Gaussian Filter (HGF) Workshop: Theory (part 1 and part 2) and Application

Methods & Models: Classical Inference, Computational Neuroimaging, Dynamic Causal Modelling

Computational Psychiatry: 2014 (NeuropharmacologyBayesian Accounts of Autism)

Selected talks:

Selected publications:

  • Stephan, K.E., Iglesias, I., Heinzle, J., and Diaconescu, A.O. (2015). Translational Perspectives for Computational Neuroimaging. Neuron, 87, 4. [link]
  • Diaconescu, A.O., Mathys, C., Weber, L.A.E., Daunizeau, J., Kasper, L., Lomakina, E.I., Fehr, E., and Stephan, K.E. (2014). Inferring on the Intentions of Others by Hierarchical Bayesian Learning. PLoS Comput Biol 10, e1003810. [link]
  • Diaconescu, A. O. *, Schmidt, A.*, Kometer, M., Friston, K. J., Stephan, K. E., & Vollenweider, F. X. (2013). Modeling Ketamine Effects on Synaptic Plasticity During the Mismatch Negativity. Cerebral Cortex. 23, 2394-2406. [pubmed]
  • Diaconescu, A. O., Hasher, L., and McIntosh, A. R. (2012). Visual dominance and multisensory integration changes with age. NeuroImage, 65, 152-166. [pubmed]
  • Diaconescu, A. O., Alain, C., and McIntosh, A. R. (2011). The co-occurrence of multisensory facilitation and cross-modal conflict in the human brain. Journal of Neurophysiology, 106(6), 2896–2909. [pubmed]
  • Diaconescu, A. O., Jensen, J., Wang, H., Willeit, M., Menon, M., Kapur, S., and McIntosh, A. R. (2011). Aberrant Effective Connectivity in Schizophrenia Patients during Appetitive Conditioning. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4(239), 1-14. [pubmed]
  • Diaconescu, A. O., Menon, M., Jensen, J., Kapur, S., and McIntosh, A. R. (2010). Dopamine-induced changes in neural network patterns supporting aversive conditioning. Brain Research, 1313, 143–161. [pubmed]

* The authors contributed equally to this work.

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Hobbies: Photography, Nia