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T&C Chen Center for Social and Decision Neuroscience Symposium

Friday, April 28, 2023
11:00am to 3:45pm
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Broad 100
Neuroscience and the Principles of Evolution

Please join us for the fourth T&C Chen Center for Social and Decision Neuroscience Symposium Series on Friday, April 28, 2023. The symposium will be held in Broad 100 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and will feature presentations from Ben Hayden (University of Minnesota), Malcolm MacIver (Northwestern University), Karin Roelofs (Radboud University), and a series of flash talks from members of the HSS neuroscience labs.

Note: Registration is required to attend. One person per registration, seating is limited. Please only attend if you receive a confirmation email.

Registration deadline: Friday, April 21, 2023.

Friday, April 28, 2023
11:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Broad 100 (Building #96 on the campus map)
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena

Neuroscience and the Principles of Evolution


11:00 am - Introduction
Dr. Dean Mobbs, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Caltech

11:15 - 12:00 pm - "Rethinking functional specialization with the help of naturalistic tasks"
Dr. Ben Hayden, Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

12:00 - 12:30 pm - 7-Minute Flash Talks (2-minute questions).

"Using RNN to learning dynamic task representations in binary choice with exogenous RT"
Pantelis Vafeidis, Graduate Student, Department of Computation and Neural Systems, Caltech

"Threat Proximity, Probability and Safety Distance"
Dr Lixiang Xu, Postdoctoral Scholar in Neuroscience, Caltech

12:30 - 2:15 pm - Lunch break [Note: lunch will not be provided]

2:15 - 3:00 pm - "Predator-prey dynamics and neural correlates of strategic avoidance"
Dr. Malcolm A. MacIver, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University

3:00 - 3:45 pm - "Human defensive reactions and their role in decision making"
Dr. Karin Roelofs, Professor of Experimental Psychopathology, Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Radboud University; NL.

3:45 pm – Light Refreshments (Chen Breezeway; Building #18 on the campus map)

This symposium is presented by the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences and the T&C Chen Center for Social and Decision Neuroscience at Caltech.

For more information, please contact Mary Martin by phone at 626-395-4571 or by email at