Hurting Brains: Conflict, Mental Illness, and Self-Control
Wednesday, March 5 | 7:00 p.m.
Advance registration begins at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 19 (Monday, February 17 for Museum members).
Joshua Buckholtz, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, Harvard University | Jack Shonkoff, MD, director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University | Jessica Stern, PhD, author, DENIAL: A Memoir of Terror and Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill
Moderated by Timothy Phillips, cochair and cofounder, Beyond Conflict
When we are in danger, our brains trigger the body’s stress response, optimizing our physical capabilities and mental faculties so we have the best chance of surviving. But what happens when that stress response is needed for survival every day over months or years? Can conflict, violence, substance abuse, and poverty alter our genes and get passed down generationally? Investigate the impact of conflict—internal and external—on the brain and the tenuous path that certain brains must endure.
Co-produced by the Conte Center at Harvard University and Beyond Conflict.
This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.
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