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Symposium INB 1The Biology of Decision Making

Abstract :

The overarching goal of the Symposia of the Bordeaux Neurosciences Institute is to bring locally a selected set of top researchers on a scientific topic that is of broad interest to the community. There will be 2-3 symposia per year, with each symposium lasting 1 or 2 days. Symposia are open to everyone from Bordeaux and outside, and are free."

First Symposium "The Biology of Decision Making"
Bordeaux University, June  9 – 10 2009

Thomas Boraud, Cnrs Bordeaux
David Hansel, Cnrs Paris
Serge Ahmed, Cnrs Bordeaux

Please note that the registration to this symposium is free. Nevertheless, for logistic purpose, we kindly ask each participant to register to the symposium by sending

Originally defined as the study of decision making in an economic context, neuroeconomics can be more broadly redefined as the study of the biological and computational basis of decision making. All animals have evolved rapid and efficient decision-making processes to solve complex and conflicting, sometimes life-threatening, choice situations. Nevertheless, these processes have reached an unprecedented degree of complexity in humans, perhaps at the price of an increased vulnerability to decision-making dysfunctions, as observed in several mental and personality disorders. After the workshop, each session chairpersons will write a short report, summarizing the recent breakthrough in the field, proposing some possible new direction of research, and identifying the strength and the limit of French research team on the topics addressed in their sessions.

The proposed interdisciplinary workshop, organised in three sessions of half a day each, will bring together researchers in behavioural ecology, computer science, neuroscience and psychiatry dealing with decision-making. The first session will focus on the evolutionary and ecological determinants of decision-making, with an emphasis on both similarity and dissimilarity across different taxa and species. The second session will address recent research on computational models and rules of decision-making, focusing on dual as well as multiple decisional models. The last session will be devoted to the neuronal and circuit mechanisms underlying decision-making and how these mechanisms can go awry under certain circumstances to lead to several neuropsychiatric conditions. A special talk, on the application of neuroeconomics in the field of humanoid robotics, will conclude the program of the first day.

The workshop will be supported in part by the France-Israel Laboratory in Neuroscience, (FILN), a European Associated Laboratory co-founded by the CNRS, The University of Bordeaux and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.





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Tuesday June 9 2009

14-17.30H. Behavioral ecology
Chair - Serge Ahmed

Etienne Danchin (CNRS, France)
Alex Kacelnik (Oxford University, UK)
Lars Chittka (University of London, UK)
Sharoni Shafir (Hebrew University, Israel)

18-20H. Special talk

Decision making and Robotic,
Jean-Paul Laumond (CNRS, France)

Wednesday June 10 2009

9-12.30H. Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Chair - Bernard Bioulac

Emmanuel Procyk (CNRS, France)
Matthias Pessiglione (INSERM, France)
Giorgio Coricelli (CNRS, France)
Thomas Boraud (CNRS, France)

14-17.30H Theoretical Neuroscience
Chair - David Hansel

Paul Cisek (University of Montreal, Canada)
Nathanael Daw (New York University, USA)
Yonatan Loewenstein (Hebrew University, Israel)
Sacha Girond