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Museum of Science | Adult Offerings | Winter/Spring 2014

Hurting Brains: Conflict, Mental Illness, and Self-Control

Museum of Science

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Hurting Brains: Conflict, Mental Illness, and...

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Type End Quantity
Advance Tickets For Museum of Science Members | Begins February 17 at 9:00 a.m.
Ended Free  
Lecture Reservation
Begins February 19 at 9:00am.
Ended Free  

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Event Details

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.

More about this season of Adult Offerings at the Museum of Science:

Join us to explore what is possible when we apply our boundless ingenuity to bolster ourselves, restore our reserves, and improve our future.

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When & Where

Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM (EST)

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