On Campus Program

Duality’s End Computational Psychiatry and the Cognitive Science of Representation

The Austen Riggs Center Presents the 2018 Erikson Institute Fall Conference
This conference is generously sponsored by Bill and Deborah Ryan.

For scientists, researchers, scholars, and clinicians.

This conference offers an exciting opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange between the cognitive science of representation and the rapidly growing field of computational psychiatry. Ultimately, we seek to better understand the mind-brain connection in health and disease, moving toward an end to the enduring mind-brain dichotomy in the conceptualization and treatment of mental illness. This conference brings together, for the first time, these two important areas of cognitive science and synthesizes their differing perspectives in a way that is clinically meaningful.

The Austen Riggs Center has a long and distinguished history at the interface of cutting-edge theories of the mind and the treatment of individuals with complex psychiatric problems. This conference continues that tradition by uniting disparate voices that promise to dramatically advance mental-health research and treatment.

During three dynamic conference sessions, you learn from leading clinicians and researchers about the interplay between computational psychiatry and the cognitive science of representation, with a goal of identifying opportunities for clinical implementation. Keynote talks from influential innovators and leaders in these fields punctuate a weekend of learning and collaboration. Between sessions, you have the opportunity to enjoy autumn in the Berkshires and participate in yoga classes and other wellness activities offered at Kripalu.

The 2018 Austen Riggs Center Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media will be awarded in conjunction with this conference.

Note We encourage you to bring your partner/spouse! Register them for Kripalu R&R and they can spend their day doing as much or as little as they want. Reconnect at mealtimes, on a sunset stroll, and during evening events. Want to bring the family? Teens aged 16–17 may attend Kripalu R&R accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times in the same workshop.

CE credits This program qualifies for physician, psychology, and social work credits. Read full CE credit details.

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Alan Anticevic, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology at the Yale School of Medicine, where he also serves as director of a clinical neuroimaging laboratory focused on severe psychiatric illness, and as codirector of the Division of Neurocognition, Neurocomputation, and Neurogenetics (N3).

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Stephen M. Kosslyn, PhD,  founding dean and chief academic officer of the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute, focuses on the nature of visual cognition, visual communication, and the science of learning.

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Paul Thagard, PhD, is a philosopher, cognitive scientist, and author of many interdisciplinary books.

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