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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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Jenny Slatman – Habituation: Incorporation and Beyond

May 3, 2016, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Board Room, 1st Floor
New York, 10027
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This event is organized by Columbia’s interdepartmental Embodied Cognition Reading Group. An RSVP for this event is required. Speaker: Dr. Jenny Slatman, Department of Health, Ethics and Society, Maastricht University. This talk focuses on the question of how we experience our bodily identity, and what happens when something is added to or removed from our body, when our body is enhanced, when it is radically changed. It will address embodied capacities to constantly adapt to new situations, and to constantly search for a new kind of steadiness.

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Sarah Tom – Early Life Environment and Later Life Cognitive Reserve

May 6, 2016, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In this talk, Dr. Tom will discuss "Reserve” which refers to the ability to buffer against brain pathology. Early life is a critical time of brain development and may have implications for later life reserve.

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October 2016

The Idea of Freedom of Choice in Neuroscience and History

October 13, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Center for Science and Society, 513 Fayerweather Hall, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Speakers: Sophia Rosenfeld (Yale), Sheena Iyengaar (Columbia), David Barack (Columbia). Being "free to choose" has arguably become a stand-in for broader concepts of freedom in many parts of the world today. What do Neuroscientists and Historians think of this?

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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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Normative Decisions Between More Than Two Alternatives – Cognition and Decision Seminar Series

October 20, 2016, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Columbia University, 301 Uris Hall
New York , NY 10027 United States
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Dr. Jan Drugowitsch, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, gives a talk at Columbia University as part of the Cognition and Decision seminar series organized by the Center for Decision Sciences.

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November 2016

Empowering Communities to Combat Stroke

November 10, 2016, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Columbia University School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall
New York , NY 10027 United States
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Hosted by Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, this lecture features Olajide Williams, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center.

The 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.

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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

Frances Champagne – How Do Early Life Experiences Shape Behavior?

February 8, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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Featuring Frances Champagne, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, 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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