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The Mega-Translation: Coordinating Cognitive Control and Decision-Making Across Species and in Patients - BBS Colloquium

Friday, February 10 at 9:30am to 10:30am

Callier Center Richardson Addition (CRA), CRA 12.110
2895 Facilities Way, Richardson, TX 75080

Speaker: Angus MacDonald III, PhD
University of Minnesota 

Title: The Mega-Translation: Coordinating Cognitive Control and Decision-Making Across Species and in Patients

Abstract: Separate literatures have grown around cognitive control, which demands representing information to overcome interference, and foraging decisions, which demands tracking rewards among various options. These literatures are further Balkanized across human and animal literatures, making synthesis more challenging still. In this talk I will summarize efforts across a number of laboratories at the University of Minnesota to use state representation as a unifying construct for bringing these literatures into conversation using human fMRI and EEG, non-human primate electrophysiology and transgenic mouse models. I will also interpret these findings in terms of the insights they provide for psychosis.

Speaker Bio: Angus MacDonald is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical Science (formerly the Journal of Abnormal Psychology). As director of the Translational Research in Cognitive and Affective Mechanisms laboratory, for over twenty years his work has focused on the gap in knowledge between the symptoms of psychopathology and the cognitive and biological processes that support them, working with collaborators across multiple levels of analysis. 

Don't miss the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and grow professionally by hearing these experts in their fields.

This talk will be in-person at Callier Richardson Addition at UT Dallas in CRA 12.110. The talk will also be presented virtually on Zoom.

On Feb. 10, 2023 at 9:30am, join the talk on Zoom.

Continental breakfast will be served from 9-9:30am.

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Undergraduate Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public, Prospective Students, Graduate Students, International Students





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