Psychology Colloquium on 11/2


The first colloquium of the semester is co-sponsored with the Hofstra Department of Computer Science, and will take place at 11:30 am on Wednesday, November 2, in 200 Adams Hall.  The speaker will be Dr. Peter Erdi, from Kalamazoo College, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  He has done work in computational modeling of associative learning in people with schizophrenia, and will talk about areas that span both psychology and computer science.

“Computational Psychiatry: A New Discipline”

Abstract: This emerging new discipline grew up from computational neuroscience. The lecture discusses the following topics:
– Computational Psychiatry: Do We (You) Need It?
– Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders as Dynamical Diseases
– The Schizophrenic Brain: Multiple Levels
– Schizophrenia as a Disconnection Syndrome
– Pathological Brain Rhythms and Dynamical Neuropharmacology
– Take home message

Dr. Peter Erdi serves at the Henry R. Luce Professor of Complex Systems Studies, at Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI and the head of the Dept. Biophysics, KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest. He is also the co-director of the Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science study abroad program.

Major books:
Péter Érdi and János Tóth: Mathematical Models of Chemical Reactions: Theory and Applications of Deterministic and Stochastic Models. Princeton University Press, 1989.
Michael A Arbib, Péter Érdi and János Szentágothai: Neural Organization: Structure, Function, and Dynamics. The MIT Press, 1997.
Péter Érdi: Complexity Explained. Springer, 2007

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