Read Montague delivered two talks at Georgia Tech

Read Montague, Ph.D.

Read Montague, Ph.D.

Read Montague, director of the Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently delivered two talks at the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging at Georgia Tech.

The first, “Social Exchange and the Effort to Phenotype Cognition,” touched on how computational ideas now play a central role in our understanding of cognition and its origins in the function of neural tissue.

In his second talk, “Sub-Second Dopamine Recordings in Humans During Sequential Decision-Making Tasks,” Montague described how his laboratory had developed the capacity to make sub-second measurements of the neurotransmitter dopamine in human subjects during active decision-making experiments. He also touched on how the research team had connected the measured dopamine dynamics to variables important for making choices in simple, sequential decision-making tasks. Montague pointed out that this work, while in its early stages, may open the way for the development of other methods for tracking neurotransmitters in humans.