16.10.10

The neuropsychology of self control - and its implications for AI and brain simulation

13 November · 14:00 - 16:00

Room 416, 4th floor, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London

Tom Michael provides a summary of converging findings from neuropsychology, neurology and neuroscience, about how the frontal lobes (and to a lesser extent the limbic system) are involved in human decision making and self control, and how these processes can go wrong following brain injury.

By studying brain injured individuals we can make much ...more sophisticated psychological models of how the human brain works, which ultimately will be very useful for anyone wishing to reverse engineer the human brain in order to create an artificial intelligence

** About the speaker

Tom Michael is is currently carrying out research towards a PhD in neuropsychology. His area of research is about brain injury of the frontal lobes, an area of the brain which is critical to self control, and how the cognitive and behavioural difficulties that are caused by this type of brain injury affect relatives and carers of the brain injured person.

Tom's ambition is to work in clinical psychology rather than to remain in academia, although he intends to always maintain an interest in psychological and neuroscience research in order to better understand the human condition.

http://sites.google.com/site/tommichaelpsychologist/

** About the venue:

Room 416 is on the fourth floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

** About the meeting:

There's no charge to attend, and everyone is welcome. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and to make comments.

Discussion will continue after the event, in a nearby pub, for those who are able to stay.

Why not join some of the UKH+ regulars for a drink and/or light lunch beforehand, any time after 12.30pm, in The Marlborough Arms, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ. To find us, look out for a table where there's a copy of a book displayed.