Dr Paul Muhle-Karbe PhD

Dr Paul Muhle-Karbe

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor

Dr Muhle-Karbe is a computational cognitive neuroscientist with a broad interest in the building blocks of higher cognitive functions. His work combines behavioural experimentation with brain imaging and computational modelling to interrogate how the brain controls cognitive processing for adaptive learning, memory, and decision-making.


MSc (Hons) Cognitive Neuroscience 

PhD Experimental Psychology


Dr Muhle-Karbe obtained a Diploma (MSc equivalent) in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Humboldt University of Berlin and a PhD in Experimental Psychology at Ghent University under the supervision of Prof Marcel Brass. He then undertook postdoctoral research at Duke University (with Prof Tobias Egner), and Oxford University (with Prof Mark Stokes and Prof Christopher Summerfield), funded by fellowships from the Wellcome Trust, Research Foundation Flanders, and Linacre College Oxford. In 2022, he joined the School of Psychology and the CHBH as Assistant Professor.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Muhle-Karbe is looking for curious and motivated students who are interested in behavioural and neuroscientific studies of learning, memory, and decision-making. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss potential projects and funding opportunities. (p.muhle-karbe@bham.ac.uk).


Recent publications


Muhle-Karbe, P, Myers, NE & Stokes, MG 2021, 'A hierarchy of functional states in working memory', The Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 41, no. 20, pp. 4461-4475. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3104-20.2021

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