Larissa Albantakis

Position title: PhD, Assistant Professor

Email: albantakis@wisc.edu

Department:

Psychiatry

Education:

Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

Research Description:

One persistent issue in addressing psychiatric disorders is that the brain is a complex system with strongly interconnected regions. Even local abnormalities impact the brain’s neural dynamics and functional connectivity at a global scale. My research aims to develop novel theoretical tools to identify the causal origins of distributed dynamical dysfunction in clinical patients with psychiatric disorders and to develop whole-brain models fit to individual patients to predict the impact of neural, pharmacological, and behavioral interventions at the subject level. Here, schizophrenia, a disorder of thought with a diverse set of positive and negative symptoms implicating multiple brain areas and potential neural mechanisms, is a primary focus. More broadly, my research explores the relationship between causation, complexity, consciousness, and cognition, and their quantitative assessments in neural network models and neurophysiological data from healthy subjects and clinical patient populations.

Research Key Words:

Computational Neuroscience, Computational Psychiatry, Schizophrenia, Causal Analysis, Whole-brain modeling, Consciousness and Cognition

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