Neuroscience is the study of the brain.
The brain provides the core guidance for
Partnering neuroscience with other fields
adds new perspectives and naturally focuses on specific regions of the
brain. For example,
neuroscience with mathematics and computer science leads to adaptive
machine learning models.
Neuroscience with psychology and economics leads to behaviorally
plausible and socially aware agent models. My research combines these two particular streams to
explore novel approaches to dynamic rational and irrational behavior
Specific Regions in Focus
· Hippocampus – the locus
of short-term episodic memory formation and recall. This is the first region impaired
in Alzheimer’s Disease.
· Entorhinal cortex – the
specific region of spatiotemporal memory. The recurrent loops among the subcomponents enables far
more complex behavior in the same neural circuits.
· Prefrontal cortex – the
center of attention, working memory, and social behavior. Damage to this area can
significantly affect personality.
Specific Functions in Focus
Modeling the inner workings of the
neuronal synapses and growth is necessary but not sufficient in modeling
adaptive agents that mirror real world behavior. Three key factors external to the classic nervous system
that can dramatically alter behavior are:
· Selective Attention –
focusing on a subset of the available sensory information provides more
precise, relevant, and intelligent stimuli. People typically ignore the sensation of pressure while
sitting and reading.
· Working Memory – also
known as executive attention, or connecting adjacent events in time into a
temporal pattern. People
typically place the current sentence in the context of prior text.
Social Learning – using others’ actions as shortcuts in the decision
process. People typically find
a crowded restaurant more appealing than an empty one, all else equal.
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