Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research

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The new Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research took up its work in April 2014. It is the result of the existing collaboration between the Max Planck Society and University College London that began in 2011 (see below).

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MPS-UCL Initiative: Computational Psychiatry and Aging Research (2011–2013)

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In early 2011, MPS and UCL scientists launched an initiative on the development and application of computational methods that reorganize and improve our understanding of mental illness and behavioral aging. The initiative embodied three coordinated programs:

  • Activities directed at fostering research interactions, including an annual joint retreat and a visiting fellowship program for scientists at all levels;
  • Funding for two interrelated lines of research within the collaborative research program, one focusing on decision-making in psychopathology and the other on individual differences in cognitive aging
  • Joint graduate training that consists of an exchange program, and a summer school.

The core group of scientists consisted of Ray Dolan (coordinator UCL), Peter Dayan, Emrah Düzel, Karl Friston, and Read Montague from UCL; Ulman Lindenberger (coordinator MPS), Hans-Jochen Heinze (Leipzig, Magdeburg), and Arno Villringer from MPS; and five colleagues from other institutions, Lars Bäckman, Hauke Heekeren, Klaas Enno Stephan, Naftali Raz, and Gerhard Roth. The cooperating research institutions are the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL, the MPI for Human Development in Berlin, and the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences at Leipzig.

The initiative was funded by the (a) MPS, (b) UCL, and (c) the German Research Foundation (DFG) through prize money from the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award given to Ulman Lindenberger in 2010.

Key References

Lindenberger, U., Oertzen, T. v., Ghisletta, P., & Hertzog, C. (2011). Cross-sectional age variance extraction: What's change got to do with it? Psychology and Aging, 26, 34–47. doi: 10.1037/a0020525

Montague, P. R., Dolan, R. J., Friston, K. J., & Dayan, P. (2012). Computational psychiatry. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16, 72–80. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2011.11.018

Nyberg, L., Lövdén, M., Riklund, K., Lindenberger, U., & Bäckman, L. (2012). Memory aging and brain maintenance. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16, 292–305. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2012.04.005

Schroeter, M. L., Vogt, B., Frisch, S., Becker, G., Barthel, H., Mueller, K., Villringer, A., & Sabri, O. (2012). Executive deficits are related to the inferior frontal junction in early dementia. Brain, 135, 201–215. doi: 0.1093/brain/ awr311