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Flux workshop on computational modelling (17/09/2021)

In collaboaration with the Harley Lab we are giving a workshop on computational modelling in development. The workshop provides an introduction and overview about what computational modelling is, how it can help developmental cognitive neuroscience research, and what are the good practices. It is targeted at researchers with little prior experience in computational modelling, using many examples and hands-on tutorials to provide an intuitive understanding of computational modelling. If this sounds interesting and you’d like to understand computational modelling better, sign-up via the general FLUX virtual conference registration: https://fluxsociety.org/registration/

Tobias named a FENS-Kavli Scholar for 2021

It is our great pleasure to announce that Tobias has been named a FENS-Kavli Scholar for 2021. He will be joining a network of 30 Early- and Mid-career neuroscientists from 13 different countries to work together and shape the future of Neuroscience in Europe through scientific exchange, advocacy and outreach.

Article on teenage mental health in The Conversation

Last month, Tobias discussed in The Conversation how changes in the brain may explain why many mental health problems arise during adolescence.  Have a read yourself and find out more about what brain changes happen during adolescents and how they can affect our mental health: https://theconversation.com/teenage-mental-health-how-growing-brains-could-explain-emerging-disorders-154007

Studying your Brain with the Smartphone

We had the pleasure to talk about the brain and our research in Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants YouTube channel that brings science into the classroom. Check out Tobias talking about Studying your Brain with the Smartphone and learn fun facts about the brain, how the brain changes during development and how we study the brain. He also talks about our new smartphone app Brain Explorer that everyone around the world can play and help us to understand the brain even better.

Join us! We are looking for a PostDoc

We are looking for a new PostDoc to join our team to undertake exciting new research. You would be working on understanding the neural and computational mechanisms underlying obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) using a combination of computational modelling, neuroimaging, pharmacology and smartphone-based data collection. If this sounds inspiring and you would like to know more, check out the details here.

Brain Explorer Research App released

Why do most mental health illnesses first manifest before adulthood? Our group has launched a new smartphone app to investigate how brain development is linked to mental health in a new citizen science project. The Brain Explorer app (www.brainexplorer.net) uses the latest state-of-the-art insights from neuroscience research to investigate brain functions in fun and entertaining games for young and old. By playing these games, people can learn about their own brain functions, and at the same time help the researchers to better understand how brain functions are related to the emergence of mental health problems. “We know that the brain changes substantially during adolescence”, says Dr Tobias Hauser, lead scientist on the project, “but we do not know how impaired brain development causes mental health problems. This app will help us understand why mental health problems arise during adolescence.” A better understanding of how abnormal brain development leads to mental health problems will allow researchers to build new models to predict emerging psychiatric illnesses and can help develop novel interventions. Everyone can contribute to research …

ERC Starting Grant awarded

It is our great pleasure to announce that Tobias was awarded the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant to study the impact of endogenous brain fluctuations on decision-making. This will help us to undertake new and exiting research using a novel neuroimaging framework, which will strengthen the understanding in how the inner workings of the brain guide our behaviour.

Why is it important to study mental health in youth?

In the light of today’s Youth Mental Health Day we discuss why it is important to study how and why mental health problems emerge during adolescents at Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging website. Three-quarters of mental health disorders arise before mid-20s. How is the emergence of mental health problems related to the rapid brain development during adolescents?  This is what our group and many others are trying to understand. Please go and visit Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging website for the full discussion on the importance of studying mental health in development and how our team has contributed to better understand the relationship between brain development and psychiatric disorders.

Welcoming Tricia to our team!

We are excited to announce that Tricia Seow has joined our lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. She has done some brilliant work on compulsivity during her PhD with Claire Gillan and we are thrilled to have her working with us. Welcome aboard Tricia!