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MAPs: Methods And Primers for Computational Psychiatry and Neuroeconomics

Why do we do it and how do we start?

Clinical scientists are often overwhelmed by the complexity of large datasets and the challenges of integrating many types of data within hypothesis-testing frameworks in the pursuit of deep insights into etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of psychopathologies. The application of recently developed analytic and mathematical modeling approaches to psychiatry, “computational psychiatry” shows promise in addressing these challenges.

However, among entry barriers for those considering computational psychiatry approaches are a relative lack of computational background and perceived difficulties of employing computational tools. This seminar series aims to lower such barriers by providing information about WHY and HOW to use computational psychiatry approaches. Speakers (both experienced and beginners) will present their computational projects; they will also discuss step-by-step instructions of how to start, available supporting resources, and common difficulties and best practices. MAPs is sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine. Faculty Organizers: Youngsun Cho, Sarah Fineberg, Al Powers, and Helen Pushkarskaya.

The workshop meets monthly on selected Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, workshop sessions will be held virtually on Zoom. To receive Zoom information, you must subscribe to the MAPs workshop at this link.

Spring 2021 Schedule

Speaker and Title
January 7, 2021 Rick A Adams, PhD, MRC Fellow, Dept Computer Science & Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry. Title: "What is E/I imbalance? Clarifying the fundamental circuit dysfunction in schizophrenia using biophysical modelling of multiple imaging paradigms”
February 4, 2021 Chris Mathys, MSc, MSc, PhD, The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL and at the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research. Title: TBA
March 4, 2021 Michael J. Frank, PhD, Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences; Neuroscience Graduate Program; Director, Carney Center for Computational Brain Science; Carney Institute for Brain Science, Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University. Title: TBA
April 1, 2021 TBA
May 6, 2021 TBA

Fall 2020 Schedule

Speaker and Title
October 1, 2020 Alan Anticevic, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Neurocognition, Neurocomputation, and Neurogenetics (N3), Yale School of Medicine. Title: "QuNex, a neuroimaging processing suite”
November 5, 2020 John Murray, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Neurocognition, Neurocomputation, and Neurogenetics (N3), Yale School of Medicine. Title: "A flexible framework for simulating and fitting generalized drift-diffusion models.”
December 10, 2020 Xiaosi Gu, PhD, Director, Computational Psychiatry Unit, Friedman Brain Institute & Addiction Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Title: "Modeling the social brain.”