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Mapping of Neural Networks: from the Birthplace of Empathy to the Benefits of our Vices

  • Aeronaut Brewing Co. 14 Tyler Street Somerville, MA, 02143 United States (map)

Join us while we investigate the science behind infantile social cognition, as well as the tug of war stress and alcohol play upon our minds.  Supplementing this experience with some hops highly recommended. No experience necessary to learn!

NOTE: THIS EVENT IS 21+. RSVP does not guarantee entry, please show up early!

We are happy to welcome:

Jamie Maguire, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience at Tufts Medical School

The neurocircuitry of anxiety: the tug of war between stress and alcohol

Dr. Maguire's lab has recently discovered a neural circuit involved in the network communication of anxiety.  Building on these findings, she is currently investigating how stress pushes the system towards the anxiogenic state and how the acute effects of alcohol shift the network towards the anxiolytic state. 


Lindsey Powell, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the Saxelab at MIT.

The Baby Brain & the Baby Mind

Developmental scientists try to understand what babies think about the world by measuring their attention. But it's not always clear why they're looking at something. Do they find it surprising? Do they find it attractive? Disturbing? I'll talk about how we're using neuroimaging to disentangle the thoughts behind infant behavior, and what this work can tell us about how infants view people in the social world around them.

Event information:

  • Doors open at 7:00pm, and our event kicks off at 7:15pm.
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