In a new paper that just appeared in Neuron, Valentin Wyart, Anne-Dominique Devauchelle, Etienne Koechlin and Jan Drugowitsch identify mental probabilistic inference as the main source of behavioral variability. This is in contrast to previous reports that have focused on sensory noise or stochastic action selection. Having identified inference as the main variability source allowed us to leverage this variability to gain further insight into the structure of the mechanisms implementing this inference.
Jan Drugowitsch (Department of Neurobiology, Harvard) and Sam Gershman (Department of Psychology, Harvard) are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work on a project combining computational modeling, psychophysics, and clinical studies. The project focuses on the neural basis of visual structure discovery, using motion perception as a model system. Our goal is to understand how neural circuits represent and reason about complex combinatorial structures, and how these neural circuits break down in autism. Read more about Opening for shared postdoc position with Gershman lab
We are looking for a highly creative and motivated postdoctoral fellow to work in the field of computational and systems neuroscience in the Drugowitsch Lab, located within the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. The group works on questions of decision-making and navigation under uncertainty, ranging from the level of neural populations to that of behavior, and the candidate is expected to perform research related to these topics. Close interaction and collaboration with other members of the department is anticipated. Read more about Opening for postdoctoral research fellow