Morality, responses to touch and dreams — what do these things have in common? The brain.
To learn more about what current neuroscience has to say about each of these brain phenomena check out the upcoming “Brain Awareness” lecture series presented by Oregon Health and Science University’s Brain Institute.
This year’s (2017) series will begin March 20 with “The Criminal Brain,” in which Dr. Octavio Choi will explain research that suggests certain brain regions influence moral reasoning, possibly affecting why some people live lawfully while others fall into cycles of criminality. Choi also will explore the implications of this research on assumptions about punishment of criminal behavior. Choi is a director at Oregon State Hospital and a psychiatry professor at OHSU.
Then on March 27, David Linden will delve into “Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind,” explaining how our touch receptors work, often in complex and counterintuitive ways, and how they influence our social interactions and health. Linden is a neuroscience professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Finally, on April 4, Robert Stickgold will present “Sleep, Memory and Dreams: Putting It All Together,” exploring what our brain does while we sleep and what the scientific reasons may be for why we dream. Stickgold is a psychiatry professor at Harvard Medical School.
For more information on the lecture series and other neuroscience-related activities and events, go to the OHSU Brain Institute website.