A Computational Neuroscientist, Furthering the Study of Decision Making
MUM alumnus Tristan Webb recently finished his PhD in complexity science at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. His research focused on the use of computer modeling to study the neuroscience of decision making. Tristan’s efforts have helped to advance our understanding of issues such as speed/accuracy trade-off, “noise” in the brain, and communication among the brain’s cells, or neurons.
Tristan has been programming computers since the age of ten. He came to MUM in 2003 and completed a BS in mathematics, receiving the Outstanding Student Award in mathematics. Then he went onto earn an MA in computer science.
“Tristan’s careful attention to his practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program over the years has enabled him to develop the expanded vision and refinement of intellect necessary to succeed in his studies and to integrate his studies with his inner self and with his life plan,” says Anne Dow, chair of the Mathematics Department.
“While at MUM, I saw a correlation between the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation and my general happiness,” says Tristan. “TM has really helped me with my focus and mathematical reasoning ability while I was learning complexity science.”
After graduating from MUM, Tristan earned an MS in complexity science from the University of Warwick. While studying in England, he taught parallel programming at MUM’s Computer Professionals Program via distance education. Then he decided to pursue a PhD at the University of Warwick, where he is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher.
“I’ve spent the last few years researching computational neuroscience,” says Tristan, “developing computer simulations of realistic firing patterns of neurons and applying that knowledge to our understanding of cognitive function. My hope is that I can take part in some of the scientific breakthroughs that will certainly happen in the coming years.”
Written by Warren Goldie