[ExI] ExtroBritannia: The neuropsychology of self control - and its implications for AI and brain simulation

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Sat Oct 16 07:20:47 UTC 2010

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

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.


** 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.

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