Professor Read Montague
Randolph-Macon College will host the annual Mike McKay Lecture on the Mind on April
11, 2013. Professor Read Montague from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
will present “Can we phenotype thought? Modern neuroimaging and the effort to connect
mind to brain” at 5:30 p.m. in
Copley Science Center, Room 100. This event is free and open to the public.
Montague is the director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory, director of the Computational
Psychiatry Unit, and a professor in the Department of Physics at VTC. His work centers
broadly on human social cognition, decision-making, and willful choice with a goal
of understanding the detailed underlying neurobiology of these functions in health
and disease. Montague’s work particularly focuses on computational neuroscience—the
connection between physical mechanisms present in real neural tissue and the computational
functions that these mechanisms embody.
“Dr. Montague’s research is relevant to our everyday lives in multiple ways,” says
R-MC Psychology Professor Kristen Klaaren.
“We continually make small and big decisions about social relationships, financial
matters, politics, and health issues. These choices impact our physical and mental
health and wellness on an everyday basis. Dr. Montague’s work connects these mind
and brain issues by examining connections between neuroscience and social cognition
using exciting new technologies and methodologies.”
This lecture series is named in honor of the late Professor Mike McKay, a beloved
Randolph-Macon College psychology professor who died in 2007.