Dr Ben Seymour, Computational and Biological Learning Lab, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ


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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Placebo effects can *interact* with treatments

With Erik Snowberg (Caltech), Sylvain Chassang (Princeton) and Cayley Bowles (Harvard), we have shown how placebo effects can induce behavioural changes that can actually interact with treatments (as opposed to simply add to them, as assumed in standard placebo-controlled clinical trials). Read the full article here in Scientific Reports, or some news commentaries here and here.


Kishimoto fellowship

We are pleased to annouce that Tristan Nakagawa has been awared a post-doctoral Kishimoto Fellowship to join our lab at IFReC - CiNet. He will joining us from Gustavo Deco's lab in Barcelona, where he studied how spatiotemporal network structure shapes the functional arhcitecture of spontaneous brain activity. He will work on neurodynamics of immune-brain interactions. 


Our International Pain Conference.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed and attended the first CiNet International Conference on Pain Neuroscience. Special thanks to our Keynote speaker Seiji Ogawa, and our organiser Keiko Yoshimoto. The event was a sell-out with over 160 attendees from Japan and around the world, and an amazing line up of speakers.

Details here:

Thanks also to our sponsors:


  • NICT
  • UK Consulate
  • Osaka University
  • Shimadzu Company
  • Shionogi Company



150m JPY Strategic International Research Networks Grant (JSPS) awarded

We are pleased to have been awarded a 150m JPY grant to develop new collaborations between Japan, Cambridge and Princeton Universities. The focus of the research brain and immunological network modeling in chronic pain in humans and rodents, and optogenetic-fMRI.






The Habenula in aversive learning

We've just published a study showing that habenula BOLD responses correlate with aversive value in Pavlovian conditioning (modelled using reinforcement learning). We also show that these responses correlate with conditioned inhibition or excitation, which is a key functional role of pain.

Here's a link the article

Here's a link to a BBC and New York Times piece.