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Stephen Fleming
Principal Research Associate, University College London

Stephen M Fleming is a Principal Research Associate at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London where he leads the Metacognition Group. The group’s research focuses on the mechanisms supporting conscious awareness, metacognition and decision-making in the adult human brain.

Written by Stephen Fleming

Essay/
Cognition and intelligence
Hesitate!

Quick decision-making might seem bold, but the agony of indecision is your brain’s way of making a better choice

Stephen M Fleming

Essay/
Neuroscience
Was it really me?

Neuroscience is changing the meaning of criminal guilt. That might make us more, not less, responsible for our actions

Stephen M Fleming