Insight
Insight

Computational Psychiatry Unit scientists work across disciplines to understand the neural computations involved in human cognition and psychiatric illness.

The human brain is a vast computational device, one that uses sophisticated algorithms to perceive the world, make decisions, and take actions. The brain assigns values to its neural computations, passes them from one symbol to another, and updates them based on real experience and even simulated experience. As a result, it runs more efficiently than the most advanced computers in the world. Yet in some situations, the algorithms of the human brain can go awry and contribute to psychiatric illness.

Scientists at the┬áComputational Psychiatry Unit are unlocking the mysteries of the brain’s neural computations to understand decision-making not only in health but also in such psychiatric disorders as depression, dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic addiction, and autism spectrum disorder.