Join us for a taste of neurobiology and psychology, as we hear from three local scientists about their research!
Human Performance in Extreme Environments
Keith Ruskin, University of Chicago
Humans have always needed to explore. When we go to the top of the highest mountain or even leave the planet itself, our bodies must adapt to the new environment.
Can cognitive science improve medical care?
Anna Clebone, University of Chicago
Applying the science of how we think, process information, and use decision making tools has saved countless lives over the past century in the aviation and nuclear power industries. Taking the same steps, every time, through use of a checklist, ensures that, for example, a pilot won't attempt to take off with the flaps in the wrong position. Medicine, however, has been hesitant to adopt some of these same tools - why? Are there ways to more effectively apply cognitive science to medicine?
Neuroscience of Psychopaths
Molly Simmonite, University of Michigan
Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterized by a lack of empathy, antisocial and immoral behaviors, and a lack of remorse. I will discuss the contribution of neuroimaging methods over the last two decades to our understanding of psychopathy, and their implication for treatment and law.
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