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: The Insidious Work of Emotion Metaphors

PRESENTER: Laura Otis, PhD

DATE: April 25, 2019

TIME: 3:00 - 4:30pm

LOCATION: Ludmer Building, Room 138

For more information, please e-mail suparna.choudhury [at] (Dr. Suparna Choudhury).


March 28, 2019

TITLE: Coordinating Scientific Perspectives in Experimental Contexts: Lessons from Translational Cognitive Neuroscience and the RDOC Project

PRESENTER: Jacqueline Sullivan, PhD


March 14, 2019

TITLE: Human Evolutionary Neuroscience: Life in the Technological Niche

PRESENTER: Dietrich Stout, PhD


February 28, 2019

TITLE: Biocultural History and the Turn to Experience

PRESENTER: Rob Boddice, MA, PhD, FRHistS


January 31, 2019

TITLE: Cerebralizing Attachment: How Have Parent-Child Relationships Come to be Explained as Brain Facts?

PRESENTER: Bican Polat, Ph.D.


December 6, 2018

TITLE: Existential Orientations and Schizophrenia: Personhood, Pathology, and Culture

PRESENTER: Elizabeth Pienkos, Psy.D.


October 25, 2018

TITLE: Traumatic Landscapes: Two Geographies of Addiction

PRESENTER: Dr. Jesse Proudfoot


August 9, 2018

TITLE: The Effect of Vajrayana Buddhism on Enhancing Human Cognition

PRESENTER: Professor Maria Kozhevnikov


May 4, 2018

TITLE: Phenomenology of the Locked-in Syndrome

PRESENTER: Professor Fernando Vidal


March 15, 2018


February 15, 2018


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




January 11, 2018

TITLE: How Can the Social Sciences Contribute to the Neurosciences?

PRESENTERS: Maxwell Ramstead & Vincent Laliberté