Yuki Shimura

Yuki Shimura

2018: Engaged in research on “Decision making and emotions” at the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research  at University College London (UCL)
2018: Selected as a Rotary Foundation Global Study Scholar with the objective of the prevention and treatment of disease
2015–2017: Engaged in research on the relationship between reinforcement learning and discrimination at the Harvard Intergroup Neuroscience Lab 2014: Completed studies on social neuroscience and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles

I have an interest in creating a model for human decision making and emotions. I think about what kind of decision making will allow us to live a happy and peaceful life. My interest in psychiatry was triggered when a family member developed an autonomic imbalance. In the winter of my 14th year, I encountered the words of the American physiologist Walter Bradford Cannon to the effect that if you want to solve a problem, you should decide whether you are going to fight or flee, and that people develop depression when they are unable to make that decision. That was how I started studying about decision making for living a happy life. In my doctoral program, I am utilizing fMRI, mathematical models and smartphone apps to analyze human behavior and neuroactivity to deepen my understanding of the algorithm that contributes to human decision making and emotions. In the future, I would like to use the knowledge I obtain in my research to contribute to the improvement and maintenance of good physical and mental health while taking into consideration those geographic regions that are not receiving the benefits of mental health medical welfare. I feel great happiness at having the opportunity to carry out joint research after engaging in discussions from diversified angles with other members of the Masason Foundation. I would like to work even harder going forward, using the support that I am receiving to inspire myselfe.