CHAST – 2011 Templeton Lecture: The Emotional Brain

Presented by the Centre for Human Aspects of Science and Technology (CHAST)

Speaker: Professor Joseph LeDoux, Center for Neural Science, New York University.

The study of emotion has been hampered by a fixation on feelings. Feelings are important, but not all important. Problems arise when we use feelings, and their semantic labels, as guides to studying brain function in other animals.

Rather than imposing concepts based on human introspective experience to the brains of other creatures, we should attempt to understand how the human brain is similar to the brains of other animals. This then becomes a foundation for understanding differences between humans and other animals.

By reorienting the comparative study of emotions around survival circuit functions, we have the opportunity to understand similarities and differences in emotional functions between humans and other animals.

When 17 October 2011, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Where Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney
Cost FREE
RSVP None!! Just turn up!

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