Computations of agency and metacognition in mental health workshop

Computations of agency and metacognition in mental health workshop

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UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

30 Guilford St



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A mental health workshop with a focus on metacognition, agency and decision-making from a computational and clinical perspective

About this event

We are excited to announce our in-person workshop taking place at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. This ESRC funded workshop will bring together researchers from both computational and mental health fields and aims to generate discussion surrounding metacognition, agency, decision-making and learning within mental health.

Registration Details

All of our speakers will be presenting in person, with the exception of our keynote speaker, Yael Niv who will give a virtual talk. Attendees are encouraged to come in person to the event, however in-person places will be limited and therefore will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. For people who cannot attend in person, the conference will also be streamed virtually.


09:30 – 10:00 – Coffee Reception

10:00 – 11:15 – Session 1: Monitoring ourselves: Metacognition in mental health

  • Chair: Madeleine Payne, UCL
  • 10:00-10:20 – Marion Rouault, Department of Cognitive Studies, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
  • 10:20-10:40 – Tricia Seow, UCL Max Planck Centre for Computational and Ageing Research
  • 10:40-11:00 – Catherine Culot, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • 11:00-11:15 – Session Q&A

11:15-11:30: Coffee Break

11:30am – 12:45 – Session 2: Monitoring and controlling our world: Agency, decision-making and learning

  • Chair: Toby Wise, KCL
  • 11:30-11:50 – Bastien Blain, UCL Department of Experimental Psychology (PALS)
  • 11:50-12:10 – Matilde Vaghi, Department of Psychology, Stanford University
  • 12:10-12:30 – Mike Browning, Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University
  • 12:30-12:45 – Session Q&A

12:45 – 14:00 – Lunch (catered)

14:00 – 15:15 – Session 3: Clinical Translation: Promises and Challenges

15:15-15:30: Coffee Break

15:30 – Keynote by Yael Niv

Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Psychology Department (virtual)

16:30 – Drinks reception

The full programme with talk titles will be available soon.

Accessibility Guide

We aim to make this event as inclusive as possible:

  • The main entrance door to ICN is located two steps up from road level. There is also a ramp installed (entrance from side of the building).
  • There is one lift in the building that has access to all floors. There are 16 steps from the ground to the basement (conference location)
  • Unfortunately, there is no induction loop facility available in the conference room, but there is one available in another room which could be setup for live streaming
  • There is a wheelchair accessible fire exit from the conference location
  • There are nearby wheelchair accessible toilets
  • We can provide for a range of dietary requirements

Please let us know when registering if you have any access or dietary requirements so we can try to make reasonable adjustments.

The event will be live streamed for those who are unable to or do not feel comfortable attending in person, please register as usual and the the virtual joining instructions will be sent nearer the time.

Any guidance on mask wearing and other covid safety measures will also be included in the joining instructions, which will be sent nearer the time.


If you have any questions about the event please contact Alexandra Hopkins:

Organised by Alexandra Hopkins & Nura Sidarus, funded by the ESRC New Investigator Grant CAMCODEP (, and supported by the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience & Royal Holloway, University of London.

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