The Transcontinental Computational Psychiatry Workgroup (TCPW) organizes a monthly web-based meeting and a computational psychiatry satellite meeting with the Society of Biological Psychiatry. We hope to foster discussion and exchange between those involved in computational psychiatry—a rapidly growing, highly multidisciplinary field.

Videos of past meetings are here.


Next workgroup meeting

Affective benefits of daily experiential diversity

Catherine Hartley

Animal studies of environmental enrichment suggest that diverse and novel experiences promote affective well-being. Because humans live in complex and dynamic environments, exposure to novel and diverse experiences may depend in part on the degree to which individuals explore their environments. In this talk, I will present recent work in which we used longitudinal geolocation tracking and affective experience sampling to examine the relation between day-to-day variability in physical location (“roaming entropy”) and fluctuations in positive affect. I will present findings demonstrating that increases in daily roaming entropy are associated with greater positive affect, that this effect is associated with functional connectivity within a hippocampal-striatal circuit, and that mean levels of roaming entropy increase across adolescence. I will discuss how this work may relate to theoretical models of depression, a disorder associated with both behavioral inertia and reductions in positive affect.

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neural Science
Department of Psychology
New York University