Culture, Mind & 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: Mutual Constitution of Culture and the Mind: Insights from Cultural Neuroscience

PRESENTER: Shinobu Kitayama, PhD

DATE: October 29, 2020

TIME: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

LOCATION: ZOOM Registration Required

For more information, please e-mail samuel.veissiere [at] (Professor Samuel Veissière).



Date Speaker Title
October 1, 2020 Carol M. Worthman, PhD Being There: Human Ecology, Diversity, and the Vicissitudes of Empathy
September 24, 2020 Laurence Kirmayer, MD Co-constructing Culture, Mind, and Brain
January 23, 2020 Kenneth J. Zucker, PhD, CPsych Children and Adolescents with Gender Dysphoria: Some Contemporary Research and Clinical Issues



Date Speaker Title
November 28, 2019 Suze Berkhout, MD, PhD, FRCPC Grappling with Cure/Harm: Feminist STS, Critical Disability Studies Meets Placebo and Nocebo Studies
November 7, 2019 David Dupuis, PhD The Socialization of Hallucinations: Cultural Priors, Social Interactions and Contextual Factors in the use of Ayahuasca
April 25, 2019 Laura Otis, PhD The Insidious Work of Emotion Metaphors
March 28, 2019 Jacqueline Sullivan, PhD Coordinating Scientific Perspectives in Experimental Contexts: Lessons from Translational Cognitive Neuroscience and the RDOC Project
March 14, 2019 Dietrich Stout, PhD Human Evolutionary Neuroscience: Life in the Technological Niche
February 28, 2019 Rob Boddice, MA, PhD, FRHistS Biocultural History and the Turn to Experience
January 31, 2019 Bican Polat, Ph.D. Cerebralizing Attachment: How Have Parent-Child Relationships Come to be Explained as Brain Facts?



Date Speaker Title
December 6, 2018 Elizabeth Pienkos, Psy.D. Existential Orientations and Schizophrenia: Personhood, Pathology, and Culture
October 25, 2018 Dr. Jesse Proudfoot Traumatic Landscapes: Two Geographies of Addiction
August 9, 2018 Professor Maria Kozhevnikov The Effect of Vajrayana Buddhism on Enhancing Human Cognition
May 4, 2018 Professor Fernando Vidal Phenomenology of the Locked-in Syndrome
March 15, 2018 Dr. Ana Gómez-Carrillo Operationalizing Multi-level Loops in Affective Disorders
February 15, 2018 Professor Samuel Veissière & Moriah Stendel Hypernatural Monitoring: A Social Rehearsal Account of Smartphone Addiction
February 8, 2018 Michael Lifshitz Suggestion as a mechanism in contemplative practice
January 25, 2018 Jay Olson, PhD Candidate Placebo machines, the culture of neuroscience, and the power of suggestion
January 11, 2018 Maxwell Ramstead & Vincent Laliberté How Can the Social Sciences Contribute to the Neurosciences?
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