Speaker: Dr Francesco Rigoli, Senior Lecturer at City, University of London
Reference effects occur when previous stimuli experienced in the environment affect our perceptions and judgements.
Research has examined how these effects impact on decision-making and, more generally, on evaluation (the process whereby incentive value is attributed to stimuli). In this talk, Dr. Rigoli will present my recent work contributing to this research endeavor.
He will attempt to look at the problem from multiple angles: behavioural, neurophysiological, and computational.
Based on this body of research, he will propose a framework that interprets forms of mental illness (such a as depression, anorexia, and apathy) as manifestations of reference evaluation processes gone awry.
Preliminary empirical evidence supporting this notion in the context of apathy will be also presented.
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