Columbia University in the City of New York

Dec 12, 20174:00 pm

Fractionating the Prospective Brain

Featuring Joseph W. Kable, PhD, Baird Term Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania

December 12th, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Jerome L. Greene Science Center (9th floor lecture hall)

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Though neuroscientists have developed an exquisitely detailed understanding of the role of different brain regions in perceiving the external world, our understanding of the relevant functional modules that enable brains to plan based on internal models of the world is much more impoverished.  Here Dr. Kable will argue for a broad division within the brain’s “default mode” between networks critical for the generation of internal simulations and mental models and networks involved in evaluating the outputs and results of such simulations.  He will then discuss the specific roles that these two networks play in decision-making about the future, particularly under conditions where actors must consider tradeoffs between the quality and timing of outcomes.

Joe Kable is the Baird Term Associate Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently serving as the Associate Director of Research for MindCORE. He studies the psychological and neural mechanisms of human decision making, using an integrated empirical approach that borrows from economics, the psychology of judgment and decision making, and social and cognitive neuroscience. He received his BS from Emory University in 1996 and his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. He was a post-doctoral scholar at the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making at NYU, before re-joining Penn in the Department of Psychology in 2008. He is a past recipient of the Early Career Award and the current President-Elect of the Society of Neuroeconomics.  His research is supported by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Science Foundation. He has given public talks at the Franklin Institute and Philadelphia Science Festival and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, NBC News and

Faculty Hosts: Guillermo Horga, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at CUMC and Michael Woodford, PhD, John Bates Clark Professor of Political Economy at Columbia.

Registration is strongly encouraged. Seating is limited.

For questions about the lecture, please contact [email protected].

Those who wish to meet the speaker during the visit should contact Seth Baker (Horga Lab).

This seminar is co-sponsored by the Cognition and Decision Seminar Series and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University.

This seminar is part of the Systems, Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience Seminar Series at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute, which focuses on cognition and decision making research. Internationally renowned speakers present their recent work on these topics using behavioral, neurobiological and computational approaches. Seminars take place approximately every other week on Tuesdays at 4 pm in the Jerome L. Greene Science Center (9th floor).

Venue: the Jerome L. Greene Science Center (9th floor lecture hall)
3227 Broadway, New York NY 10027

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