Culture, Mind and Brain Seminar Series
Culture, Mind & Brain is a new seminar series, hosted by the Culture, Mind & Brain Program of the Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry and the Healthy Brains Healthy Lives Initiative. The goal is for students and researchers of neuroscience, psychiatry, anthropology and other areas related to mental health to discuss bodies of research and work in progress (experimental and theoretical) that relate to neuroscience and society, and mind, brain and culture. We will discuss topics such as how to design multidisciplinary methodologies that integrate social, ethical and cultural contexts into experimental studies of brain structure, function and development; we will analyze the potentials and limits of brain data for health and social policy; and critically assess translations of brain data into popular science pieces.
TITLE: Hypernatural monitoring: A social rehearsal account of smartphone addiction
PRESENTERS: Samuel Veissière and Moriah Stendel
DATE: February 15, 2018
TIME: 2:00 - 3:30pm
LOCATION: Ludmer Building, Room 138
For more information, please e-mail suparna.choudhury [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Suparna Choudhury).
February 8, 2018
TITLE: Suggestion as a mechanism in contemplative practice
PRESENTER: Michael Lifshitz
January 25, 2018
TITLE: Placebo machines, the culture of neuroscience, and the power of suggestion
PRESENTER: Jay Olson
January 11, 2018
TITLE: How Can the Social Sciences Contribute to the Neurosciences?
PRESENTERS: Maxwell Ramstead & Vincent Laliberté
Rethinking Psychosis: Culture, Brain, And Context
January 10-11, 2014
2013 International Cultural Neuroscience Consortium Conference
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
CBDMH Seminar at UCLA by Ian Gold (McGill)
March 13, 2013
Psychiatry and Culture: The Case of Delusion
New grant for project on Treatment for Psychological Trauma
Duncan Pederson and Alain Brunet together with Hanna Kienzler and Bhogendra Sharma were successful in receiving a Grand Challenges Canada grant to begin work in Nepal. The grant will enable them to pilot a reconsolidation blockade intervention with survivors of torture at the C-VICT centre in Kathmandu. The group will also carry out qualitative interviews with counsellors and survivors documenting narratives of distress.
Dr. Brandon Kohrt, a psychiatrist anthropologist who has done extensive ethnographic and cultural psychiatric research in Nepal has joined the project to collaborate on work in Nepal.
- Claire Champigny
- Eli Scheiner
Study of cultural difference in hypnotizability/suggestibility
Amir Raz's student, Eli Sheiner has been doing preliminary research in Japan, interviewing academic researchers about the interaction between culture and hypnotic suggestion. Claire Champigny, also a student of Raz, is studying cross-cultural differences in hynotizability, with a view to developing a pilot study to be conducted with student populations in Singapore.
Folk Psychiatry and Mental Health Literacy
Lauren Ban, former postdoctoral fellow now based at the University of Melbourne, is developing a project to investigate cross-cultural differences in "folk theories" through which ideas of disorder/pathology are filtered. This will be used for a questionnaire and interview study to be done with psychology students in Singapore.
Placebos in the Clinic? Fostering Ethical, Educational, Policy and Practical Consensus
The meeting, Placebos in the Clinic? Fostering Ethical, Educational, Policy and Practical Consensus, will bring together prominent placebo researchers from diverse fields as well as physicians, policy makers and related experts to discuss the realities of using placebos, placebo effects and placebo-like treatments in clinical practice.
May 23-24 2012 | 8:30am - 5:30pm | McGill University, Downtown Campus
Mind, Brain & Culture Methods Workshop
This workshop presents the latest advances in a range of experimental methodologies from brain imaging with MEG to epigenetics with the goal to develop cross-disciplinary investigations of interactions between cultural and neurobiological processes.
28 May 2012 | Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University
Critical Neuroscience Workshop
This course provides an overview of recent controversies surrounding cognitive neuroscience and the implications of the emerging fields of social and cultural neuroscience for psychiatry, industry, policy and other areas of social life. It will present key studies in social and cultural neuroscience from the last two decades and examine the potentials and limitations of predominant methodologies, particularly neuroimaging. The course will present the interdisciplinary project of critical neuroscience as a framework and set of tools with which to critically analyze interpretations of neuroscience data in the academic literature, their representation in popular domains and more broadly, the growth of neurocultures since the Decade of the Brain. The course will problematize and consider alternatives to neurobiological reductionism in psychiatry, neuroethics, cultural neuroscience and neuropolicy, attending to the models, metaphors and political contexts of mainstream brain research. It will also explore various avenues for engagement between neuroscience, social science and humanities.
This is an interdisciplinary graduate level course and part of the Summer School in Transcultural Psychiatry. In-depth knowledge of neuroscience is not required but some understanding of neuroimaging research in cognitive neuroscience is useful. The course is relevant to neuroscientists interested in the social and political implications of their research, as well as psychiatrists, mental health workers and medical anthropologists interested in the meaning, limits and possibilities of emerging forms of "evidence" in biomedical cultures.
29 May - 1 June 2012
Suparna Choudhury, Ian Gold, Eric Jarvis, Laurence Kirmayer, Daniel Margulies, Amir Raz, Jan Slaby, Allan Young
To register contact:
Virginia Fauras at tcpsych [at] mcgill.ca