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Parenthèse (Sciences) | Can We Model Madness?

Thursday 8 June 2017 19:00-21:00

Can we model madness ? (Peut-on modéliser la folie?)

This open and informal evening to discuss the latest scientific developments and research in French with the researchers themselves is part of the Café Scientifique series.

“Computational psychiatry” is a new research area which combines recent progress in computational neurosciences, probabilistic models, or reinforcement learning models to understand mental illness.

Peggy Series will explain the fundamental ideas in this field and the questions that they raise. She is mainly interested in the concept by which a healthy brain acquires an internal model of the world throughout development and experience which helps it to interpret its environment, predict the future, and choose actions which will be most beneficial.

In mental illness, this internal model becomes inaccurate, which leads to an erroneous interpretation of the world and of situations. Peggy’s research consists of testing this idea quantitatively using behavioural experiments and modelling, with healthy subjects as well as with patients with schizophrenia, autism, depression or anxiety.

After an engineering school and a specialism in artificial intelligence and bio-mathematics, Peggy did her PhD at CNRS in Gif-sur-Yvette on the modelling of primary visual cortex. She then took several postdoctoral positions on more theoretical topics related to the coding of information in the brain, at the University of Rochester NY, USA), UCL (London), and NYU (NYC), before joining the University of Edinburgh as a Lecturer where she focuses on Bayesian models of cognition and on their applications for psychiatry.

THU 8 JUNE | 7.00PM
Running time: 2 hours approx
Open to all | FREE
Advanced booking recommended at 0131 225 53 66 or info ifecosse.org.uk

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