After an one-year gap, we are resuming the London CP course this year! Based on the comments received in 2014 and 2015, we have completely redesigned the CP course. In addition, we have a brand new website and flyer. Seats are limited so reserve yours today!
Find out more at www.cpcourse.org
Ryan Philips just joined the CPU as a postdoc. He studied vision neuroscience previously at the Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
Is there a computational model to characterize subjective states, such as drug craving? The answer is yes! - at least we think so. In a recent theoretical paper published in JAMA Psychiatry, I laid out a Bayesian framework that can be used to account for craving (or any other subjective states). You can also download the fulltext from my ResarchGate page here.
Vicenzo, Juchi, Jennifer presenting posters at the symposium
Jennifer's thesis was titled "Learning about social norms: neural and computational substrates in borderline personality disorder". This was a huge dataset with over 200 participants in total, among which over 100 were scanned. Analyses involved both computational modeling of choice data and model-based fMRI. Preliminary findings suggest atypical neural activity in all stages of social decision-making may be responsible for the overt behaviour and unstable interpersonal relationships observed in individuals diagnosed with BPD.
Great work Jennifer!! :)
Center for BrainHealth and School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences recently published a very nice article about my research -
Big thanks to Shelley Kirkland who wrote the story and everyone else who contributed to this publication! I'm very excited about the new research program on computational psychiatry that we are about to launch here in Dallas.
2015 has been a great year for the lab so far. First of all, one of my main postdoc papers finally got published in the journal PNAS -
Gu X, Lohrenz T, Salas R, Baldwin PR, Soltani A, Kirk U, Cinciripini PM, Montague PR. Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Feb 24;112(8):2539-44. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1416639112. Epub 2015 Jan 20. PubMed PMID: 25605923; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4345562.
Also see a commentary by Drs. Nora Volkow and Ruben Baler of the National Institute of Drug Abuse -
Volkow ND, Baler R (2015) Beliefs modulate the effects of drugs on the human brain. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 112:2301-2302.
Secondly, two more paper have recently been published in the Journal of Neuroscience and Human Brain Mapping -
Gu X, Wang X, Hula A, Wang S, Xu S, Lohrenz TM, Knight RT, Gao Z, Dayan P, Montague PR. Necessary, yet dissociable contributions of the insular and ventromedial prefrontal cortices to norm adaptation: computational and lesion evidence in humans.J Neurosci. 2015 Jan 14;35(2):467-73. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2906-14.2015. PubMed PMID: 25589742; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4293403.
Gu X, Eilam-Stock T, Zhou T, Anagnostou E, Kolevzon A, Soorya L, Hof PR, Friston KJ, Fan J. Autonomic and brain responses associated with empathy deficits in autism spectrum disorder. Hum Brain Mapp. 2015 May 21. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22840. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25995134.
Last but not least, my current student Jennifer Jung will join the lab in Dallas - welcome on board Jen
We are currently working hard to set up the new lab. Looking forward to 6 more fruitful months of 2015!!
Starting July 1st 2015, I will be starting my new position as an assistant professor at the Center for BrainHealth, University of Texas in Dallas and director of the Computational Psychiatry Unit. I have been working on computational psychiatry research in the past few years in London, and previously, in New York, with some really amazing colleagues. I am very grateful to this wonderful opportunity that UT offered and looking forward to working with my new colleagues at UT soon!