Dr Ben Seymour, Center for Information and Neural Networks, National Institute for Information and Communications Technology (NICT), 1-3 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan.

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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 learning.
  • Signal processing models of pain and temperature perception.
  • Developing of brain-machine interfaces for treating chronic pain.

I am jointly at the Center for Information and Neural Networks (Japan's leading neuro-technology institute) and the Computational and Biological Learning Lab at Cambridge University, UK. I am an honorary consultant neurologist at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.