How do we make decisions? Perspectives from philosophy and science
September 24th to 27th, 2012
The Tübingen International Summer School 2012 is a joint venture of the FORUM SCIENTIARUM and the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN).
Deadline: July 31st, 2012
This year's summer school will focus on different approaches to understanding decision-making. Decision-making is currently investigated across neurobiology, neuroscience, psychology and philosophy, but what is treated as a decision, and which methods and modeling techniques are used to investigate it, are often very different. Given an introduction to state of the art research in decision-making, our central question is if, and how, we can integrate research across these fields.
Areas include: neurobiology and Bayesian models of sensori-motor decision making, neuroscience and modeling of risky decision making processes, cortical network dynamics of decision making, 'Fast and Frugal' heuristics, machine learning models of decision making, social decision making and models of reasoning, philosophy and methodology of neuroeconomics.
Daniel Braun (MPI for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen) is interested in the mathematical principles that underlie embodied intelligent behaviour. In behavioural experiments, he tests mathematical hypotheses experimentally in human sensorimotor control. His current investigations for instance focus on how neuro-economical principles can explain human motor control and learning.
Roberto Fumagalli is a lecturer in Philosophy at Bayreuth University. His current research focuses on philosophy and methodology of economics, particularly modeling in neuroeconomics.
Prof. Stephan Hartmann, Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (soon to be Alexander-von-Humboldt Professor at LMU Munich). Research areas include social decision making, explanatory reasoning, Bayesian epistemology.
Liz Irvine is a post-doc in Philosophy of Neuroscience at the CIN, Tübingen. Her research focuses on the methodology of psychology and neuroscience, so far mainly in terms of consciousness and decision-making research.
Axel Lindner (Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Tübingen) is interested in the neuronal basis and pathological changes of the cognitive processes that enable us to choose and generate behavior, and that predict its consequences. His group performs psychophysical experiments and functional imaging studies in healthy subjects and in neurological and psychiatric patients.
Kerstin Preuschoff (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland) studies decision making and learning under uncertainty. Her current research combines computational models, behavioral experiments and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to explore neural activity during dynamic gambling tasks.
Lael Schooler (MPI for Human Development, Berlin) is a cognitive psychologist who studies simple decision strategies, or heuristics, that depend on basic human cognitive capacities such as a human memory. Grounding simple heuristics in ACT-R architecture of cognition facilitates his investigation of how decision-making depends on the way that memory reflects the structure of the environment in which we live.
Markus Siegel (CIN, Tübingen) is studying large-scale neuronal interactions underlying goal directed behavior and perceptual decision making, with a particular focus on the functional role of neural oscillations and synchronization. He is using electrophysiology, MEG, EEG and psychophysical approaches.
Kirsten Volz (CIN, Tübingen) is interested in the nature of intuitive decision making processes, and if (and how) they differ from deliberate decision making processes. To explore these issues her group uses behavioral, imaging and psychophysiology measures in healthy subjects and patients with specific impairments.
Hong Yu Wong
Hong Yu Wong's (CIN, Tübingen) research interests are the philosophy of psychology and neuroscience, including ecological approaches to decision-making, and exploring the relations between body representations, action and body ownership.