Macnamara Lecture

Annual Macnamara lecture is held in honor of John Macnamara's (1929-1996) scientific and academic contributions.

Lecture from 3.30 - 5:00 pm. Wine and Cheese Reception to follow. Admission is free.

2017 - 2018 Macnamara lecture

November 24, 2017 - Location: MCMED 522

(Room 522, McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler.
Entrance to building from Sir William Osler (1st floor) or from Pine (6th floor)

Susan Pinker

Journalist & Psychologist








TitleThe Village Effect: Why Face to Face Contact Matters

Abstract:  In this lecture I will discuss some of the social neuroscientific and demographic evidence underpinning what I call The Village Effect: the influence of in-person contact on learning, resilience, productivity and longevity. Research over the last 15 years shows that from birth to death, human beings are wired to connect to other human beings. Tight bonds of affiliation, friendship, and love help us learn, extend our lives and allow us to assess and trust each other. Looser in-person bonds matter, too, combining with  close relationships to form a personal "village" around us, one that exerts unique effects.