What is the connection between the physical mechanisms present in real neural tissue and the computational functions that these mechanisms embody?

The last 50 years have witnessed an increased understanding of the biological underpinnings of mental function. Our current ability to identify and study neurotransmitter systems and their impact on important behaviors has provided neuroscience and modern psychiatry with new sets of tools. Modern computational models are making inroads to understanding normal and pathological mental function. In this lecture for the Mind Science Foundation, Dr. Montague reviews this exciting new area and gives a perspective on current accomplishments and future promise.

Dr. Read Montague is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, Director of the Human Neuroimaging Lab, and Director of the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. Work in the Montague group extends into computational neuroscience, and several experimental areas including synaptic physiology, human neuroimaging, and human behavior.

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