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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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Eric R. Kandel – Reductionism in Art and Brain Science

April 24, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
501 Northwest Corner Building, 550 W 120th St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Neuroscientist and Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel will discuss his latest book, Reductionism in Art and Brain Science, in a free, public lecture at Columbia University. In this new book, Kandel, whose remarkable scientific career and deep interest in art give him a unique perspective, demonstrates how science can inform the way we experience a work of art and seek to understand its meaning.

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The Neuroscience of Movement

April 25, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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Featuring Thomas M. Jessell, PhD, Codirector of Columbia's Zuckerman Institute and Claire Tow Professor of Motor Neuron Disorders at Columbia University Medical Center, this talk is part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight lecture series, offered free to the public to enhance understanding of the biology of the mind and the complexity of human behavior. The lectures are hosted by Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

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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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September 2017

Sidney Hankerson – Writing a New Story Together: Confronting Mental Health Disparities with Community Partnerships

September 18, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Lecture Hall (3rd Floor), 2950 Broadway (at 116th Street)
New York, NY United States
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This lecture will highlight an innovative, community-focused approach to delivering mental health services.

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ANDREW GOLDMAN: MUSICAL IMPROVISATION AS A WAY OF KNOWING

September 29, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Department of Music, 622 Dodge Hall, 2960 Broadway
New York, 10027 United States
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Presidential Scholar Andrew Goldman gives a talk about Musical Improvisation as a Way of Knowing on Friday, September 29 at 3pm at 622 Dodge Hall, Columbia University.

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October 2017

Music and Meaning – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

October 19, 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
The Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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The extraordinary power of music to communicate complex emotions and thoughts has fascinated scientists and philosophers for centuries. How do the philosophical, historical, and cultural analyses of music complement cognitive approaches to explain the social and ethical functions of music? How do these modes of inquiry bear on each other to explain what gives meaning to music?

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November 2017

Rava Azeredo da Silveira – Various Approaches to Online Inference: Human Behavior and Theoretical Models

November 9, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Uris 326, Columbia Business School
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This talk will explore such ‘mental models’ in the context of idealized tasks that can be carried out in the laboratory and modeled quantitatively.

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Metaphors and Models: The Neuroscience of Comparison – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

November 20, 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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This event explores the conceptual force of metaphors in neuroscience. How do metaphors shape how we think and communicate? How are they represented in the brain? Featuring perspectives from neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, and philosophy, our speakers probe the distinction between metaphors and models that emerge from thinking and reasoning and how these are applied in public discourse about science.

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December 2017

Educating the Brain: How the Acquisition of Reading and Mathematics Affects Human Brain Circuits

December 4, 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
The Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Stanislas Dehaene, Professor and Chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology, Collège de France, will discuss how regions of the brain, especially the visual cortex, change as children acquire reading and math skills. Can these findings aid in the better development of educational tools and practices?

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