Debugging the Brain: Computational Approaches to Mental Dysfunction

Course Number(s): 

PSY 1451

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Semester: 

  • Spring 2017

Course Level: 

  • Graduate, Undergraduate

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Class Days/Times: 

Wed
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Course Description: 

This course examines recent work applying computational models to mental disorders. These models formalize psychopathology in terms of breakdown in fundamental neurocognitive processes, linking normal and abnormal brain function within a common framework. Computational modeling has already begun to yield insights, and even possible treatments, for a wide range of disorders, including schizophrenia, autism, Parkinson’s, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The course will consist of weekly readings from the primary literature, with one student leading the discussion of each paper