Sendhil Mullainathan, Robert C. Waggoner Professor Economics, has been elected into The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world. Congratulations Sendhil!
5:00 PM Tuesday, 5 April WHAT HAS DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION TAUGHT US ABOUT THE NEUROCIRCUITRY OF DEPRESSION? Introduction by David Silbersweig, M.D. Post-Talk Commentary by Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D.
5:00 PM Thursday, 7 April FIRST PERSON PERSPECTIVES ON DEPRESSION RECOVERY WITH DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION Introduction by Richard McNally, Ph.D. Post-Talk Commentary by Steven Hyman, M.D.
B103 Northwest Building (52 Oxford Street, Cambridge)
Rebecca Lemov, PhD – “The Long Shadow of Brainwashing: Behavioral Research from the Cold War to the War on Terror” Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD – “Enhancement of Cognition and Behavior in Health and Disease Through Noninvasive Brain Stimulation” Seung-Schik Yoo, PhD – “Brain Stimulation by Sound Waves?!?” Gabriel Kreiman, PhD – “Predicting Volitional Decisions From Neuronal Responses” Ed Boyden, PhD – “Mapping, Observing, and Controlling the Brain Using Light”
Each speaker will give a brief presentation and then participate in a panel discussion moderated by Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD. A reception will follow the event.
The Neurobiology of Sex, Gender, and Parenting Wednesday, December 2, 4:30 PM, Yenching Auditorium
Social interactions are central to our lives, and the human brain is thought to be geared towards detecting, and reacting to social information. More generally social interactions are essential for animals to survive, reproduce, raise their young, and neuroscientists have long tried to decipher the unique characteristics of social recognition in humans and animals: what are the triggers to social behaviors such as mating, fighting, parenting? How is the...
Garrett Lam, a senior in the Neurobiology MBB track, has been selected as a Rhodes Scholar. According to the Harvard Gazette, Garrett plans to study at Oxford's Center for Neuroethics and its Uehiro Center for Practical Ethics before returning to Cambridge to further his interests in brain science and the justice system at Harvard Law School. MBB is happy to join the chorus of congratulations due Garrett for his achievement!
MBB Distinguished Lecture: Group Love (Mahzarin Banaji) Monday, April 13, 5 p.m., Yenching Auditorium (aka 118) in Yenching Library, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge Talk Abstract: From the moment of birth, every human is a member of many groups. By the opportunities and liberties offered or snatched away, group memberships shape lives ubiquitously and enduringly. Group memberships create affiliations of “us” and “them” and sensitivity to...
Neuroeconomics as a Unifying Approach Towards Understanding the Human Mind and Individual Behavior In this presentation I argue that neuroeconomics can provide a unifying approach to understand both the human mind and individual behavior. I illustrate my claim with two examples. In the first, we show that neural variables can be much more powerful predictors of out-of-sample behavior than behavioral variables. In particular, individual's...