Shaping the brain: How genes, emotions, and the arts influence perception
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Shaping the Brain: How genes, emotions, and the arts shape perception
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
6-7:30 pm with reception to follow
At the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY
Update on March 7, 2013: The event is nearing capacity and will go to a waitlist when the maximum number is reached. Please add your name to the waitlist to receive a notice if more tickets open up. Guests without an official ticket are still encouraged to come as we are typically able to find seats the day of.
The brain shapes how a person sees the world, but what shapes the brain? In this dialogue between neurobiologist Frances Champagne, psychologist Kevin Ochsner, and art historian David Freedberg, the panelists will explore the contributions of genes, emotions, and the arts in shaping our individual experiences. Dr. Champagne studies how the genes we are born with can be modified by early life experiences to influence adult behavior. Dr. Ochsner’s work in human emotions across the lifespan suggests how relations with others impact everyday interactions. David Freedberg’s expertise in the psychological and neurobiological responses to art reveals how art provokes and shapes the brain. In this evening together, these experts will discuss how diverse influences of our everyday lives shape how we perceive the world. By recognizing and evaluating these influences, audience members will come away with a deeper understanding of the inner workings of their brain.
The lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited.
Shaping the Brain is sponsored by the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, at Columbia University in the City of New York. Shaping the Brain is a braiNY event – a celebration of Brain Awareness Week in New York City. To find out more about this and other braiNY events, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/comebebrainy
For more information, please contact Kelley Remole, 212-854-1377 or firstname.lastname@example.org