Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SPR 2014 Lecture Series (No.7):Neural mechanisms for updating and choice computations in value-base decisions

Date & Time: Friday, 23 May, 2-4 p.m. 
Venue: Rm202, Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences Education, NYMU  

About the theme

Decision neuroscience, or neuroeconomics, is a young and interdisciplinary field that aims to understand how the brain makes decisions. It started roughly about 15 years ago and has attracted neurobiologists, psychologists, and economists over the years. In this talk, I will give an overview for research on decision neuroscience. I will specifically focus on perceptual decision making and value-based decision making, two kinds of decisions that have received great attention in the past decade. I will talk about how neuroscientists think about these different kinds of decision problems, how we design experiments to study them, how to model them mathematically, and finally, the neural architecture that might produce many of the decisions we make in daily life. 

About the speaker

Prof. Wu, Shih-Wei, is an assistant professor of neural science at National Yang Ming University whose interest is in how organisms make decisions and the neural computations performed to guide this process, and also in developing mathematical models that could quantitatively predict people's choice behaviour and the underlying computations carried out when making decisions. Another focus is to investigate how decision makers integrate information from the past and present to make decisions.

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