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

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? READ MORE

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

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. READ MORE

Music and Meaning – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

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? READ MORE

Jenny Slatman – Habituation: Incorporation and Beyond

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. READ MORE