Thursday, 28 May 2009 at 9:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Decision-making in Health and disease

Presented by Dr Ben Seymour

We are constantly making decisions, from automatic reflexes such as stopping at a red traffic light, to complex and agonising choices such as which house to buy. In this symposium we heard about the factors that affect our decisions, and the brain processes that implement them. In the first two talks we heard about how the brain gathers information over time, and how it learns to weigh up the different options based on how valuable they are to us now and in the future. As we went through the talks, we highlighted how bringing together mathematical models with knowledge about the brain and our behaviour can give us a richer understanding of the plethora of choices that affect our lives.

Conference speakers
dr-ben-seymour

Honorary Research Fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, London, and a Research Fellow at the ESRC Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution, UCL London.

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mr-brian-lowings

Master of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers.

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dr-nick-wright

Dr Wright is an associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow. His research draws on his background in neuroscience to explore political decision making in economics and nuclear security.

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Michael Cooper was Professor of Engineering Surveying at City University, London, from 1975. He was the author of two books on Hooke and London. He passed away in 2012.

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dr-louise-whitley

Honorary Researcher, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London

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Dr Rounis graduated from the University College London combined MB/PhD Programme in 2007. Her PhD was funded by a Brain Research Trust Prize studentship and was based at the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders, Institute of Neurology, UCL. She completed her general medical training starting as an Academic Foundation Trainee in the North Central Thames Deanery, and completed her Core Medical Training in the Oxford Deanery. She was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in Neurology at Oxford University in 2011.

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Conference lectures
WATCHED
Part of a conference

Decision-making in Health and Disease - Part One

Dr Elizabeth Rounis
Thursday, 28 May 2009 - 10:00AM
WATCHED
Part of a conference

Decision-making in Health and Disease - Part Two

Dr Quentin Huys
Thursday, 28 May 2009 - 11:00AM