Confidence, noradrenaline and adaptive learning
Supervisor and contact
Dr Florent MEYNIEL
Project description
In a changing world, learning must be adaptive, flexibly adjusting the balance between new data and prior estimates. How does the brain strike this balance? In this project, we explore the possibility that the shaping of brain-scale dynamic interactions by noradrenaline may implement a confidence-weighting of information that is key to adaptive learning. We use an integrated application of computational modeling (Bayesian learning models), behavioral data, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) targeting the locus
coeruleus (a noradrenergic center) or magnetoencephalography (MEG), and pupillometry.
PhD in neuroscience, psychology or machine learning with good programming skills. You will be responsible for conducting experiments (behavior, fMRI or MEG), analyzing data, and disseminating the results at conferences and in journal articles.
Work place and environment
The lab is at NeuroSpin, Paris-Saclay campus, France, part of the CEA (Commissariat à l’Enérgie Atomique). Dr Florent MEYNIEL is the head of the computational brain team (more info here) which itself is part the Laboratory of cognitive neuroimaging (more info here) directed by Prof. Stanislas DEHAENE.
NeuroSpin is a top-notch brain imaging center, equipped will an MEG system (Elekta, Neuromag), and several MRI scanners for human (3T Prisma, 7T, and 11.7T), all research-only. The community at NeuroSpin is very stimulating, combining MRI physicists, machine learning experts (lab of Bertrand Thirion) and cognitive neuroscientists.
Duration and dates
Two years, fully funded. Preferred starting date: January 2020, but sooner or later is also possible.
Application process
Please send your CV via email to Florent Meyniel, a research statement (what you like and want to do) and the contact details for two reference letters.
Deadline for application: September 30th, 2019
According to the CEA standards. Commensurate to experience.
Dr. Florent Meyniel
INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit
CEA ParisSaclay / DRF / Joliot / NeuroSpin
Bat. 145 – Point Courrier 156
F-91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex FRANCE