We are glad to announce two events at SFN 2017 to be held in Washington, DC.
First, Xiaosi and Read, with the help of Cassie Carrin, organized a pre-SFN workshop called "Computational Psychiatry: A Didactic Introduction" (Nov 10-11, 2017).
Second, Xiaosi will give a short talk at this mini-symposium - "Computational Psychiatry: Multiscale Models of Mental Illnesses" on Sunday, Nov 12th, 2017 @ 8:30 - 11 am.
The purpose of both events is to further our effort in raising the awareness and interest in this new field, encourage researchers to join this exciting area of research, and equip researchers with basic knowledge and tools used in computational psychiatry work.
Hope to see you in DC!
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!!