TEDx Speaker Series: The Mechanics of Mental Disorders

By Lauren Foote Greg Siegle, director of the program in cognitive affective neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is trying to understand the mechanics behind mental disorders and how to better treat them in the future. “In Brown [University], my class was the first class to graduate with a cognitive science degree. After that, I worked in artificial intelligence for a while and then I wanted to see how I could apply that to helping people,” Siegle said. “My Ph.D. ended up being in clinical psychology, with my focus being in neural modeling for clinical disorders.” His research examines the neural basis of emotion and thinking in mood and anxiety disorders. He is also trying to see how this information can be used to predict responses to…

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