My lab addresses the computational and systems neuroscience of pain and aversive learning. This research is part theoretical: building realistic computational models of neuronal information processes to understand processes of pain perception and behaviour, and part experimental: testing these theories using a range of experimental methodologies, especially fMRI. Based on this understanding, my research aims to develop new technology-based therapies for treating pain in clinical populations.
My interests include:
- Reinforcement learning models of aversive control.
- Signal processing models of pain perception and it's modulation.
- Developing of brain-machine interfaces for treating chronic pain.
- Pain and aversive control in artificial and cybernetic systems.
- Neuroeconomic and social models of pain.
- Evaluation of pain and clinical trial design.
I am based jointly at the Center for Information and Neural Networks, in Osaka, Japan (my main site at the moment), and at the Computational and Biological Learning Lab at Cambridge University, UK. I am an honorary consultant neurologist at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.