Kenneth T. Kishida

Research Scientist, Computational Psychiatry Unit, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Kenneth T. Kishida is a Research Scientist in the Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. He investigates neurobiological processes underlying human choice behavior using computational approaches paired with measurements of behavior and associated neural activity. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Genetics at the University of California, Davis, but also studied Philosophy and developed an interest in investigating the biological basis of mental processes. During his doctoral work in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, he investigated molecular mechanisms supporting synaptic plasticity, learning, and memory in rodents. He continued during his post-doctoral years to use computational approaches to investigate human behavior and associated brain activity.

Currently, his experiments employ measurements of brain activity and behavior while human volunteers perform model-guided behavioral paradigms. These experiments are designed to expose how the brain encodes computations important for adaptive choice behavior and are beginning to reveal surprising ways that the human brain encodes this information.

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The Changing Nature of Free Will

Saturday, April 25, 2015
2:30-4:30 pm

Past Event

Central to Eastern and Western philosophical and theological traditions, the notion of free will, once confined to discussions of human agency, can find application in understanding a broader set of phenomena. How are advances in genetics and neuroscience influencing our concept of┬ávoluntary, individual choice, and what are the implications for jurisprudence? How does the indeterminacy… read more »