Cassandra Visconti, MSc. MSc.


Cassandra Visconti

Contact information

Technische Universität Dresden
Chair of Neuroimaging

Chemnitzer Straße 46b, Room 143, Falkenbrunnen
01187 Dresden

Phone: +49 (0)351 - 463 42696

Research Statement

The Active Inference framework is based on a simple principle : We estimate the plausibility of something based on prior information and expectations. These expectations are then iteratively updated when we make a new observation. Within the Active Inference framework, I work at the interface of computational models and neuroimaging to try and answer the following questions : How does the brain select among various actions to pursue a goal ? When the environment is uncertain, how are goal-directed behavioral computations implemented by the brain?

I have side interests in (i) hippocampal contributions in neuronal hierarchies, (ii) how internally-generated sequences play a role in encoding trajectories through various state spaces, and (iii) off-line learning’s contribution to decision making (forward planning) and the evaluation of transitions. 

Scientific Education

2016 - presentPresent PhD Candidate TU Dresden
2015 - 2016 MSc. Integrative Biology and Physiology — Neuroscience. École Normale Supérieure, Sorbonne Université Paris-VI Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
2014 - 2015MSc. Brain and Mind Sciences. Institute of Neurology, University College London, London, United Kingdom  
2011 – 2014BS Neuropsychology, Sorbonne Université Paris-V René Descartes, Paris, France

Professional Experience

2016Graduate Research Assistant and Masters Thesis. Neurospin, INSERM, Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique, Gif-sur-Yvette, France  
2015Graduate Research Assistant and Masters Thesis. Wellcome Trust Center for Neuroimaging, University College London, London, United Kingdom  
2014 Research Assistant. IRCAM – Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustiqu/ Musique, CNRS, Paris, France  

Other Scientific Activities, Honors, Awards