Franziska Brändle

Collaborating PhD Student
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​ I completed my undergrad in Audiovisual Media at Stuttgart Media University, followed by a MSc in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. I started a PhD in the CPI lab at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, where I’m jointly supervised by Eric Schulz and Charley Wu. My research works towards developing a computational theory of fun, where fun is defined as an agent’s learning progress in a particular environment. I use a combination of cognitive modeling, behavioral, and virtual reality experiments to figure out how fun acts as an intrinsic reward in human reinforcement learning.