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About Us

AversionScience is a set of games that explore different aspects of the way we learn when we win and lose in various games. This may be important for understanding how things change when we are not well – especially if we are in pain, if we are feeling anxious, or if we are feeling tired and fatigued.

The games are designed to be fun and easy to play. They can be part of the way that medical researchers can understand our state of mind, and ultimately hopefully lead us to find better treatments.

The science team

We are a group of neuroscientists, engineers and clinicians based at the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge, funded by the UKRI Advanced Pain Discovery Platform initiative. We work in partnership with people with lived experience of chronic pain and mental health disorders. We are committed to develop open, sustainable science.

Open science

We provide openly all tools required to measure learning in adversities. Open codes for brain games and open analyses pipelines.


We are committed to inclusivity in our research, at all levels. We work closely with those who suffer from chronic pain, mental health and other distressing conditions. Please get in touch if you would like to contribute your views about our research.


We aim to innovate pain and mental health assessment and treatment by providing quantitative measures of learning that can be used at home and at scale.

Ben Seymour

Professor of Clinical Neuroscience, Senior Wellcome Fellow, Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, University of Oxford

Anushka Soni

Consultant Rheumatologist, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

Jakub Onysk

Research Assistant, University of Cambridge; PhD student, University College London

Flavia Mancini

MRC Career Development Fellow, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Suyi Zhang

Affiliated scientist, University of Oxford

Pranav Mahajan

PhD student, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford

Katja Wiech

Group Leader, Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, University of Oxford

Tim Denison

Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies, Engineering and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford

Wako Yoshida

Scientist, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford