Feindel Virtual Brain and Mind Lecture Series:Explore-Exploit Decision Making: Mechanisms & Pathology


The Feindel Virtual Brain and Mind Seminar presents: "Explore-Exploit Decision Making: Mechanisms & Pathology"

Registration available here.

Speaker: Jeremy Hogeveen, Assistant Professor of Psychology, The University of New Mexico, USA

Abstract: How do we know when to try new things instead of sticking with a familiar option? When making decisions in an uncertain world, humans regularly have to balance the motivations to choose familiar, rewarding options (i.e., ‘exploiting’), versus the need to learn about novel options with an unknown incentive value (i.e., ‘exploring’). This talk will dive deep into research being conducted in my laboratory on the neural computations that help humans and other primates manage this ‘explore-exploit’ tradeoff. Additionally, I will highlight recent work from the laboratory illustrating how brain injury, alcohol use disorder, and noninvasive brain stimulation can modulate these computations.

Bio: Jeremy hails from Toronto, Ontario, and is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. Before joining UNM, he completed a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and postdoctoral training at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis. Jeremy’s research aims to use brain imaging to understand the neural circuitry underpinning emotion and decision making, their role in health and disease, and the potential impact of targeted noninvasive stimulation of these circuits.

The Feindel Virtual Brain and Mind (VBM) Seminar Series will advance the vision of Dr. William Feindel (1918–2014), Former Director of the Neuro (1972–1984), to constantly bridge the clinical and research realms. The talks will highlight the latest advances and discoveries in neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroimaging.

Speakers will include scientists from across The Neuro, as well as colleagues and collaborators locally and from around the world. The series is intended to provide a virtual forum for scientists and trainees to continue to foster interdisciplinary exchanges on the mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of brain and cognitive disorders.

Contact Information

Sasha Kelly
Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital
sasha.kelly [at] mcgill.ca

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