Neuromorphic Models of Human Social Cultural Behavior (HSCB)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N00014-11-M-0109
Agency Tracking Number: O102-HS3-6002
Amount: $99,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: OSD10-HS3
Solitcitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
MZA Associates Corporation
2021 Girard SE, Suite 150, Albuquerque, NM, -
Duns: 794350025
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Gruner
 Project Manager
 (505) 245-9970
 william.gruner@mza.com
Business Contact
 Cathy McGinnis
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (505) 505-3069
Email: cathy.mcginnis@mza.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Human Social Cultural Behavioral (HSCB) modeling has been described as"the most difficult task humans have yet undertaken"(Pew and Mavor, 1998). Central to this effort is a fundamental understanding of human behavior, but this understanding is currently based on observations that are not only qualitative, but also biased. Neuroimaging modalities such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), however, present the opportunity to develop a quantitative framework within which we may begin to understand human behavior in an unbiased manner. Phase I of this investigation will identify a set of neural correlates of human behavior, which are naturally a function of experimental paradigm, imaging modality, and analysis approach. Experimental paradigms may range from the presentation of simple visual stimuli to immersion in a simulated environment. In addition to fMRI, imaging modalities may include electroencephalography, magnetoencephalography, or a combination. Finally, a variety of statistical methods, including group independent components analysis, functional network connectivity, Granger causality, and dynamic Bayesian networks, are particularly well suited to the decomposition and fusion of the resulting data. Neural correlates identified through this process will form the basis for the specification of the required HSCB application and plans for Phase II.

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