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Seminar: Dr Robb Rutledge

October 22, 2018 @ 16:00 - 17:00

A computational and neural model for happiness

Monday 22 October – 4pm at the Large Lecture Theatre, DPAG/Le Gros Clarke Bldg


The Cortex Club is excited host Dr Robb Rutledge from University College London, who will be presenting a computational approach to study happiness to us. Please join us on October 22th at the Large Lecture Theatre, located in the Le Gros Clark Building of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics.


There will be drinks and nibbles after the talk. Feel free to join us if you would like to meet Dr Robb Rutledge.



The happiness of individuals is an important metric for societies, but we know little about how the cumulative influence of daily life events are aggregated into subjective feelings. Using computational modeling, I show that momentary happiness in a decision-making task is explained not by task earnings, but by the combined influence of past rewards and expectations. The robustness of this account was evident in a large-scale smartphone-based replication. I use a combination of neuroimaging and pharmacology to investigate the neural basis of happiness, finding that it relates to dopamine. I then show that this computational approach can be used to investigate the link between mood and behaviour in psychiatric disorders including major depression and bipolar disorder.


October 22, 2018
16:00 - 17:00


Lecture Theatre, Le Gros Clark Building
Le Gros Clark Building
Oxford, OX1 3QX
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