December 12, 2006

CONTACT: Kate Olderman
(215) 349-8369

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PENN Psychiatry Presents:
“The Vulcanization of the Human Mind: Neuroimaging, Decision-Making, and Ethics”

(PHILADELPHIA) - The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia will host “The Vulcanization of the Human Mind: Neuroimaging, Decision-Making, and Ethics,” a panel discussion exploring how humans make complex decisions involving risk, reward, danger and right and wrong. The panelists will discuss the evolutionary origin of emotional responses, the ways in which they have been rendered maladaptive under some circumstances by the continued evolution of the human brain and its influence on social structure and technology, and how these developments might explain the apparent “irrationality” of human decision-making behavior.

WHERE: University of Pennsylvania
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall
3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
WHEN: December 13, 2006
7:30 PM
WHO: Jonathan D. Cohen, PhD, Director, Center for the Study of Brain, Mind, and Behavior, Princeton University

Richard F. Summers, MD, Associate Director of Education for Residency Training, University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry; Faculty, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Paul Root Wolpe, PhD, Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics; Director of the Program in Psychiatry and Ethics at the School of Medicine

For additional information, contact Sarah Lichter at (215) 746-7248 or Kate Olderman at (215) 349-8369.

This event is open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.


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