Cognitive Brown Bag - Sam Gershman PhD

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
12:00pm to 1:15pm


Tobin 521B

Sam Gershman PhD, Assistant Professor at Harvard University, will present a talk titled Imaginative reinforcement learning

"Reinforcement learning is typically conceived of in terms of how reward predictions and choice behavior adapt based on an agent's experience. However, experience is too limited to provide the brain with the knowledge necessary for adaptive behavior in the real world. To go beyond experience, the brain must harness its imaginative powers. Applications of imagination to reinforcement learning include prospective simulation for planning, and learning cached values from imagined episodes. I will discuss how these ideas can be formalized along with supporting experimental evidence."

For more information on Dr. Gershan, visit

Research Area: 

Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience