(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
||University of Pennsylvania
Bodek Lounge, Houston
3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
||December 13, 2006
D. Cohen, PhD, Director, Center for the Study of Brain,
Mind, and Behavior, Princeton University
F. Summers, MD, Associate Director of Education
for Residency Training, University of Pennsylvania Department
of Psychiatry; Faculty, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
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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