Brain to Society: Decision and Behavior Seminar Series

Obesity and chronic disease prevention has a place on the agenda of governments and other stakeholders at local, national and global levels. However, as comprehensive as they may be, traditional governmental policies and programs alone cannot reach the scale, scope and speed of changes needed to reverse current obesity and chronic diseases trends.

Recent neuroscience research has generated detailed models of the brain circuits involved in reward processing, decision-making and self-control in humans that are highly relevant to understanding maladaptive, motivated behaviours. Neuroscience has typically considered individual components of behaviour one at a time, divorced from the complexity of the social and physical environment that is obviously important in real life. Thus, there are important gaps in what we know, and what we need to know to move from the laboratory to real world behavior.

The overarching goal of the Brain-to-Society (BtS) research program at MCCHE is to develop and articulate a transdisciplinary and translational framework, anchored into decision neuroscience and behavioral economics, to improve what individuals and society can do to achieve better physical and mental health.


Previous Webinars


Computational Psychiatry Across Scales: From Genes in Evolution to Brains in Interaction

Dr. Guillaume Dumas

June 16, 2021


Sailing the ghost ship: The case for radical free will

Dr. Kennon Sheldon

Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri

May 5, 2021


Pragmatic Computational Psychiatry: Towards Precision in Diagnostic, Prognostic, and Treatment-related Objective Markers in Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Dr. Martin Paulus, MD

Scientific Director and President of the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR)

January 13, 2021


From brain to self – A temporo-spatial and neuro-ecological approach

Georg Northoff, MD, PhD, FRCP

Canada Research Chair for Mind, Brain Imaging, and Neuroethics

November 18, 2020


Integration of Mind and Metabolism

Dr. Dana Small

Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and she is the Divisional Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at Yale University

October 28, 2020


A Window on the Mind: Investigating Cognitive Processing through Eye Movements

Dr. Monica Castelhano

Professor in the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University, Chair of the Cognitive Neuroscience area

July 15, 2020


Perceived social isolation and its impact of the human social brain

Dr. Danilo Bzdok

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, McGill University

June 25, 2020


Brain imaging studies of obesity risk in children

Dr. Susan Carnell

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

June 2, 2020


Measuring what users really experience: Using neuroscience to inform information system research

Dr. Pierre-Majorique Léger

NSERC-Prompt Industrial Research Chair in User Experience and Full Professor of IT HEC Montréal

February 27, 2020


Long-Term Care Insurance: Information Frictions and Selection

Dr. Pierre-Carl Michaud

Professor in the Applied Economics Department of HEC Montréal

January 16, 2020


Geospatial Technologies for Decision Environments: Current and Future Opportunities

Dr. Raja Sengupta

Associate Professor of Geography & School of Environment, McGill University

February 6, 2020


Regulatory success in dietary choice: insights and predictions from behavioral and neural computational models

Dr. Anita Tusche

Assistant Professor at Queen’s University (Departments of Psychology and Economics)

November 27, 2019


Dynamic Health Policy Modeling in the Age of Big Data

Nathaniel Osgood

Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Associate Faculty in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan

May 15, 2019


Scaling-up what Metagenomics, Microbiome, Neuroinformatics, and Multiscale Computational Models can contribute to Convergent Innovation in Food and Health

Dr. Sharmila Mande

Chief Scientist & Head of Bio-Sciences R&D at Tata Consultancy Services

September 13, 2018


Consumer Neuroscience: The Case for Signal Triangulation

Sylvain Senecal

PhD, Professor of Marketing, RBC Financial Group Chair of E-Commerce and Tech3Lab Co-Director, HEC Montreal

June 6, 2018


Understanding and modulating the multiple dimensions of empathy

Philip Jackson, PhD

Professor, School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Université Laval, co-director of Consortium d’imagerie en neurosciences et santé mentale de Québec (CINQ), researcher at CIRRIS and CERVO research centers and member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada

April 18, 2018


It's About Time: Can Earlier Rewards Increase Intrinsic Motivation?

Ayelet Fishbach

Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

March 7, 2018


Beyond Risk, Resilience and Dysregulation

Differential Susceptibility & “For Better and for Worse” Environmental Influences

Jay Belsky, PhD

Robert M. and Natalie Reid Dorn Professor of Human Development at the University of California, Davis

February 19, 2018

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