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Virginia Tech Professor Dr. Read Montague Lecture - Friday, April 1, 2016

Prediction and Choice: The Cognitive Science of Decision-Making

Friday, April 1, 2016
10:30am - 11:45am
Taylor 203.

Professor Read Montague’s research combines theoretical, computational, and experimental approaches to study a broad range of phenomena in human social cognition, decision-making, and willful choice.  He focuses especially on computational neuroscience, which investigates the connection between mechanisms in neural tissue and the computational functions that these mechanisms embody.  His group employs several methodologies that include novel approaches to functional neuroimaging, new biomarkers for mental dysfunction, real-time voltammetry, and computational simulations.  Recent research tackles issues at the intersection of law and psychiatry, how we make economic decisions, and how prior beliefs about drugs modulate the effects of those drugs on the brain.  Professor Montague also directs the Roanoke Brain Study, a project aimed at understanding decision-making through the lifespan and its relationship to brain development, function, and disease.

Sponsored by Cognitive Science, Economics, Neuroscience & Behavior, and Psychology