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OHSU Brain Awareness Series

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE BRAIN
2017 OHSU BRAIN AWARENESS LECTURE SERIES

The workings of the brain remain mysterious. Moral choices, the effects of physical touch, vivid dreams—we may not know how or why they happen, but they all can serve a purpose.
Learn more at The Secret Life of the Brain, the 2017 Brain Awareness Season lecture series presented by the OHSU Brain Institute.

 

THE CRIMINAL BRAIN

Why do some people live lawful lives, while others gravitate toward repeated criminality? Do people choose to be moral or immoral, or is morality simply a genetically inherited function of the brain, like mathematical ability? Research suggests certain regions of the brain influence moral reasoning. Dr. Octavio Choi will explore how emerging neuroscience challenges long-held assumptions underlying the basis—and punishment—of criminal behavior.

TOUCH: THE SCIENCE OF HAND, HEART AND MIND

Dual-function receptors in our skin make mint cool and chili peppers hot. Without the brain's dedicated centers for pleasure and emotional touch, an orgasm would feel more like a sneeze—convulsive, but not especially nice. Dr. David Linden, New York Times-best-selling author of The Compass of Pleasure, delves into how the organization of our body's touch circuits is a complex and often counterintuitive system that affects everything from social interactions to general health and development.

SLEEP, MEMORY AND DREAMS: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

It's no secret that without a good night's sleep we feel mentally sluggish. But what does our brain do while we sleep? Is there a scientific reason we dream? Dr. Robert Stickgold will explore why dreaming and sleep are key to retaining, strengthening and processing new memories and skills.

 

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Mon 3/27/17 7:00 PM

David Linden, Ph, D.

Newmark Theatre
Portland, OR

Tue 4/4/17 7:00 PM

Robert Stickgold,Ph.D.

Newmark Theatre
Portland, OR

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