Stefan Appelhoff

Hi, I am Stefan 👋

I am a postdoctoral researcher in cognitive neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. I work on questions like:

  • How do humans search for information before making a value based choice?

  • When do they decide to stop gathering additional information?

  • How is active information accumulation different from passive information accumulation?

Next to figuring out these questions, I am a maintainer of the Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS), at the Center for Reproducible Neuroscience at Stanford University. BIDS is an emerging standard for the organization and documentation of neuroimaging data. BIDS will help making neuroscience more reproducible by facilitating (re)use, sanity-checking, and sharing of scientific data.

I am also interested in more technical problems, such as how to accurately mark events in an experiment using consumer grade hardware (

Finally, I am a strong proponent of open source software and contribute to several software packages such as:

If you want to know more, or collaborate on an interesting topic, please get in touch under [my first name] [dot] [my last name] [at] mailbox [dot] org.