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March 2016

Imag(in)ing Sex in the Brain

March 21, 2016, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Feminist scholars from neuroscience, philosophy, and cultural & media studies discuss how sex/gender gets into brain images, and what we can (and can’t) get out of such images.

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April 2016

Prediction: How Forecasting and Prospection Shape Thought – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

April 18, 2016, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Speakers:
David Danks, Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University
Karl Friston, Wellcome Principal Research Fellow and Scientific Director, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging; Professor of Neurology, University College London
Carol Krumhansl, Professor of Psychology, Cornell University
Moderator: Christopher Peacocke, Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University

Prediction plays a fundamental role in cognition. Accurate prediction allows humans and other animals to act in ways that anticipate future states of the environment, potentially reducing the threat posed by dangers and increasing the benefits of positive events. Prediction also permits cognitive systems to forecast what will happen beyond the next instant, or forecast what would happen were the world different. In the past two decades, theory and research has made central the importance of predictive coding in the computational foundations of both human perception and cognition and machine learning. In this seminar, the merits and pitfalls of this approach to understanding the brain and cognition will be explored.

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May 2016

Neuroscience and Education – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

May 2, 2016, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Speakers:
David Hansen, PhD, John L & Sue Ann Weinberg Professor in Historical & Philosophical Foundations of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD, Associate Professor of Education, Psychology & Neuroscience, University of Southern California
Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Moderator: Andrew Goldman, PhD, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University

As our understanding of neuroscience grows, so too does our potential ability to apply that knowledge to the betterment of society. Education is a clear example of this; a scientific understanding of how we learn can help us form more effective ways to teach. In order for this enterprise to be successful, we must reflect on what educational challenges face society today, where and how, specifically, neuroscience might help us structure policy and pedagogy, and the moral and ethical principles that define what education is and question what it ought to be.

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October 2016

Theory of Mind – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

October 20, 2016, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Speakers Laurie Santos, Rebecca Saxe, and Joshua Knobe will discuss the topic of theory of mind, moderated by Patricia Kitcher.

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November 2016

Characterizing Animals in Science and Fiction | Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

November 28, 2016, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Animal characters have been used throughout history in stories and fables. Is our fascination with these characters purely a cultural product or can they reveal something about human psychology?

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December 2016

The Transmission of Knowledge: Tool Use and Cognition | Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

December 12, 2016, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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Why have so many animals evolved the ability to use or craft tools, as well as the cognitive capacity to learn these techniques from others?

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February 2017

Presidential Scholars Research Symposium

February 13, 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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Current Presidential Scholars will discuss their cross-disciplinary research and new findings on topics in Society and Neuroscience.

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March 2017

Neuroscience in the Body: Perspectives at the Periphery | Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

March 6, 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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From the perspective of Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and the science of touch, we consider the physiological environments in which neurons are embedded.

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April 2017

The Human Sense of Smell | Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

April 13, 4:15 PM - 7:00 PM
The Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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How does our brain make sense of scents and flavors? To explore the human sense of smell in its perceptual, neural, and cultural dimensions, the panel brings together cross-disciplinary perspectives from neuroscience, philosophy, and perfumery.

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May 2017

Sound Studies and Auditory Neuroscience: New Perspectives on Listening | Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

May 1, 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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This seminar features leading scholars from auditory neuroscience, sound studies, and music cognition discussing scientific and humanistic perspectives on the role of acoustic conditions and cultural exposure on the formation of the sense of hearing itself.

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