By Jim Stroup
Read Montague to deliver the annual Mike McKay Lecture on the Mind
Read Montague, director of the Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will deliver Randolph-Macon College’s annual Mike McKay Lecture on the Mind on April 11. His presentation, “Can We Phenotype Thought? Modern Neuroimaging and the Effort to Connect Mind to Brain,” will explore connections between neuroscience and social cognition.
Montague, a professor at the VTC Research Institute, also directs the institute’s Human Neuroimaging Laboratory. His work centers broadly on human social cognition, decision-making, and willful choice with a goal of understanding the detailed underlying neurobiology of these functions in health and disease. Montague’s work particularly focuses on computational neuroscience—the connection between physical mechanisms present in real neural tissue and the computational functions that these mechanisms embody.
“Dr. Montague’s research is relevant to our everyday lives in multiple ways,” said Kristen Klaaren, professor of psychology at Randolph-Macon College. “We continually make small and big decisions about social relationships, financial matters, politics, and health issues. These choices impact our physical and mental health and wellness on an everyday basis. Dr. Montague’s work connects these mind and brain issues by examining connections between neuroscience and social cognition using exciting new technologies and methodologies.”
The lecture series is named in honor of the late Mike McKay, a beloved Randolph-Macon College psychology professor who died in 2007.