EPBS Workshop

Computational Approaches on Animal & Human Behavior: Using Computational Approaches to Build a Two-way Bridge


The overall goal of this workshop is to identify means to better bridge the gap between animal models of maladaptive behavior and human psychopathology. Specifically, the focus of this workshop will be on integrating theory and computation across neuroscience sub disciplines to bridge the “translational gap”. Computational approaches emerging from nascent fields like computational psychiatry allow us to: (1) assess the predictive validity and explanatory power of animal models; (2) account for individual differences in behavior using mathematical terms; and (3) exploit large datasets to identify the best predictors of psychiatric illness. Such approaches will advance rigorous mechanistic understanding of the processes that underlie brain-behavior relationships and improve our strategies for the successful treatment of psychopathology.

Shelly Flagel and Martin Paulus

EBPS Workshop Organizers

Keynote Lectures:

  • Trevor Robbins, PhD, CBE, FRS, FMedSciProfessor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Head of Department of

    Psychology, University of Cambridge

  • Karl Friston, M.D., FRS, FMedSci, FRSBProfessor of Neuroscience, University College London; Wellcome Trust Principal Fellow and Scientific Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging
  • Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, NIMH


  • Panels:                                               

    1)    Translational Models of Impulsivity: Relevance to Psychopathology


    Jeff Dalley, Ph.D., Professor, University of Cambridge, UK

    Frederike PetzschnerPh.D.Senior Research Fellow, University of Zurich, Switzerland

    Karen Ersche, Ph.D., Lecturer, University of Cambridge, UK

    Katia Harle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University California San Diego, USA


    2)    Neurocomputational Models of Maladaptive Decision-making


    Jacqueline GottliebPh.D., Associate Professor, Columbia University, USA

    Phillip Schwartenbeck, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, University College London, UK

    Adam KepecsPh.D., Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA

    David RedishPh.D., Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota, USA


    3)    The Value of Reinforcement Learning Models for Understanding Psychopathology


    Michael BrowningPh.D., Director Computational Psychiatry Lab, University of Oxford, UK

    Patricia Janak, Ph.D., Professor, Johns Hopkins University, USA

    Mehdi KhamassiPh.D., Tenured Research Scientist, CNRS, ISIR, UPMC, France

    Yael NivPh.D., Associate Professor, Princeton University, USA


    4)    Does the Two-way Bridge Already Exist for Addiction? 


    Miriam Sebald, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

    Xiaosi GuPh.D., Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

    Aldo Badiani, M.D., Professor, University of Sussex, UK

    Shelly Flagel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Michigan, USA


    5)    Computational Psychiatry “Data Blitz”


    This session will consist of 10-min presentations from junior investigators chosen based on their abstract submission. Abstracts will be selected according to the significance of the work relative to the overall goals of the workshop as well as innovation.


    6)    Identifying Remaining Gaps and Next Steps in Computational Psychiatry

    This final session will be an open discussion led by Co-Organizers (Dr. Flagel and Dr. Paulus) with Keynote Speakers (Dr. Robbins, Dr. Friston and Dr.Gordon) as panelists.


EBPS Workshop: Using Computational Approaches to Build a Two-way Bridge Between Animals And Humans