Computational Properties of Prefrontal Cortex – Workshop

We hosted a superb 2018 CPPC (Computational Properties of Prefrontal Cortex) Workshop at Vanderbilt. The workshop attracted more than 60 emerging and established (neuro-)scientists about how the prefrontal cortex works – See the program and more at the www link CPPC2018. This year had special sessions on value-based decision making and uncertainty, social cognition, functional neuroanatomy and more. Discussing progress across sub-domains was highly inspiring and fun. MyVU Vanderbilt Research News featured a story about out workshop (here).

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