This five-part series of presentations and discussions will focus on what recent discoveries in neuroscience mean for understanding how our minds work, and how such knowledge can help us live with ourselves and others more easily.
We’ll discuss how genes influence behavior, how early life experience becomes ‘gets under the skin’, the difference between fear and anxiety in the brain, how memories falter or become corrupted, how conscience and courage operate, the different types of craving and desire, and the brain processes underlying love and empathy.
There will be substantial readings posted online, and books will be recommended. However the sessions are independent, so you can miss a class and come to the next one without problem.
Tuesdays | 7-8:30pm Eastern Time
- October 19
- October 26
- November 2
- November 9
- November 16
Mark Reimers is an associate professor in the neuroscience program at Michigan State University where he integrates statistical analysis with biology theory while analyzing and interpreting the very large data sets now being generated in neuroscience, especially from the high-throughput technologies developed by the BRAIN initiative. He graduated from the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia and previously held appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University.
The Further Reflection series encourages open dialogue on topics of interest. The content of this series provides information and an opportunity for dialogue on topics that may be of interest to the humanist community. Speakers are engaged for their knowledge and expertise on the topics covered in the series. The speakers’ views are not necessarily aligned with the AHA, its members, or the humanist community.