Topic: Simulating the Computational Mechanisms of Emotional Awareness and their Breakdown in Affective Disorders.
Speaker: Dr. Smith is a Principal Investigator at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research and a Research Associate Professor at the University of Tulsa. Dr. Smith received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University. At the University of Arizona, he subsequently completed Master’s degrees in neuroscience and philosophy, a PhD in psychology, and a subsequent postdoctoral fellowship focused on psychiatry research. Before accepting his current position, he also completed a visiting fellowship with Dr. Karl Friston at University College London focused on computational modeling approaches. To date, Dr. Smith’s work has led to over 100 peer-reviewed publications. His lab currently focuses on understanding the neurocomputational mechanisms underlying brain-body interactions and emotion-cognition interactions in depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders, with a special focus on information-seeking behavior, prospective planning, and interoception.
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