The neuroscience of decision making
Interviewed by Alexandra Mikhailova & Daniel A. Friedman
decision making, Bayesian, free will, mental health, attention
In this interview, Professor Tim Hanks discusses topics related to neuroscience, decision making, philosophy, and science as a career. Hanks explores how ideas from computational neuroscience have helped him set his own research agenda and also navigate everyday situations. The way the brain makes decisions is deeply intertwined with topics such as free will, conscious awareness, and mental health. In order to productively study such diverse topics related to decision making, Hanks recommends an integrative approach that draws on multiple types of experiments and model systems, with an eye towards clinical deployment. His approach builds on various scientific frameworks, while also reminding us to stay open-minded about what the future of neuroscience may look like or bring.