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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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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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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

Ben Hayden – Neuronal Foundations of Economic Value

April 6, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
301 Uris Hall, New York , NY 10027 United States + Google Map

Value is a central concept in economic theory and in neuroeconomics. Nonetheless, we have only recently begun to understand how the brain evaluates options and compares values to make beneficial choices. These processes appear to involve the coordinated action of multiple prefrontal and striatal regions acting together. Our work suggests that value is an emergent process that depends on the coordinated action of component processes, including memory, executive control, and action selection.

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Carol D. Ryff – Unequal Lives and Aging: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know?

April 12, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Mailman School of Public Health, Hess Commons, 722 W. 168th Street
New York, NY 10032 United States
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Dr. Ryff will review growing evidence on the health and longevity consequences of inequalities in educational attainment and income. She will highlight the work of MIDUS investigators in explicating the mechanisms (behavioral and biological) that link inequality to adverse health outcomes. MIDUS researchers have also advanced understanding of protective psychological and social factors that offer buffers against these pernicious processes. She will illustrate with a focus on “purposeful life engagement,” which is emerging as a key asset to healthy aging. Future directions will focus on two neglected topics (one negative, one positive) in the science of inequality: greed among privileged elites as an insufficiently studied fundamental cause, and the role of the arts and humanities in promoting better lives and more beneficent societies.

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