• Behavioral Sciences

  • Events 

    Friday, October 16, 2015 | 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM

    Towards Evidence-based Nutrition and Obesity Policy: Methods, Implementation, and Political Reality

    Keynote Speakers: Sonia Angell (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene), Rogan Kersh (Wake Forest University)
    Speakers: Eliza Barclay (NPR), Sanjay Basu (Stanford University), Julia Belluz (, Jason P. Block (Harvard Medical School), Juan Angel Rivera Dommarco (National Institute of Public Health, Mexico), Helena Bottemiller Evich (Politico), Matthew Harding (Duke University), Terry Huang (CUNY School of Public Health), Nancy Huehnergarth (Nancy F. Huehnergarth Consulting), Barbara Laraia (University of California Berkeley), Jeff Niederdeppe (Cornell University)

    Well-informed nutrition policy decisions which consider scientific evidence should strive for effective policies that improve health outcomes on a large scale. This one-day conference will focus on emerging research methodology, how to interpret research outcomes and how these can be used to inform policy.

    Monday, November 16, 2015 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Current Evidence on Non-caloric Sweeteners and their Health Implications

    Speakers: Kiyah Duffey (Virginia Tech), Gary D. Foster (Weight Watchers International, Inc), John Glendinning (Barnard College), Rick Mattes (Purdue University)

    This evening event will unpack current scientific research from multiple disciplines, regarding the effect of non-caloric sweeteners currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in foods and beverages in the United States, on weight management and health.

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Moral Animal: Virtue, Vice & Human Nature

    Featuring: Christian Miller (Wake Forest University), Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum), Michael Shermer (Chapman University), and Simone Schnall (University of Cambridge)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Is a basic model of human nature necessary to navigate the good life? Philosophers Susan Neiman and Christian Miller join forces with social psychologist Simone Schnall and science writer Michael Shermer to take a closer look at our moral ecology and its influence on our underlying assumptions about human nature.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Cultivating Character: The Art of Living

    Featuring: Lisa Feldman Barrett (Northeastern University), Philip Kitcher (Columbia University), Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Philosopher of science Philip Kitcher joins Humean philosopher Valerie Tiberius and distinguished psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett to explore the role of wisdom in the interplay between positive emotions, virtues, and character.

  • Past Events

    Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    A New Science of Happiness: The Paradox of Pleasure

    Featuring: Kim Azzarelli (Cornell Law School), Darrin McMahon (Dartmouth College), and Barry Schwartz (Swarthmore College)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    How does the relationship between happiness and pleasure shape our quest to lead the good life? Attorney Kim Azzarelli, historian Darrin McMahon, and psychologist Barry Schwartz discuss their research on happiness, pleasure, and the coveted good life.
    This event is Sold Out

    Monday, April 27, 2015 | 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM

    Non-Motor Symptoms: Unraveling the "Invisible" Face of Parkinson’s Disease

    Speakers: Erwan Bezard (University of Bordeaux), Patrik Brundin (Van Andel Institute), Marie-Francoise Chesselet (UCLA), Diane G. Cook (Parkinson's Disease Foundation), Maurizio Facheris (The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research), Horacio Kaufmann (NYU Langone Medical Center), Olivier Rascol (University of Toulouse), Anna Sauerbier (NPF International Centre of Excellence, Kings College London), Daniel Weintraub (University of Pennsylvania)

    This symposium will review clinical tools for the diagnosis and treatment of non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, discuss the disease mechanisms, and address preclinical models for the development of new therapeutics.

    Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Nutrition and the Science of Disease Prevention: A Systems Approach to Support Metabolic Health

    Keynote Speaker: Frank Hu (Harvard School of Public Health)
    Speakers: Brian Bennett (University of North Carolina), Kevin Hall (National Institutes of Health), Rudolph Leibel (Columbia University), Patricia Mabry (National Institutes of Health), Anne McCartney (University of Reading), Christina A. Roberto (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

    This one-day conference will highlight the connection between nutrition and the complex science of preventing disease. Speakers will focus on promotion of optimal metabolic health, building on input from several complementary disciplines.

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

    Baby Talk: Closing the Achievement Gap, Word by Word

    Moderator: Michael H. Levine (Executive Director, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop)
    Panelists: Patricia K. Kuhl (Co-Director, Institute for Learning and Behavioral Sciences (ILABS), University of Washington; Co-author, "The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind."), Patti Miller (Director, Too Small to Fail Initiative for the Clinton Foundation), Dana Suskind (Director, Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Chicago and Founder and Director, Thirty Million Words Initiative)

    By the time they are 3, children from low-income families hear 30 million fewer words than their high-income peers. Join us for a public panel discussion on early childhood development and strategies to boost school readiness for all children.

  • Publications 


    Annals Reports

    Edited by Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences editorial staff

    This Annals volume presents discussions ofnutrition and the science of disease prevention; designing optogenetically controlled RNA for regulating biological systems; and how ion channels sense mechanical force

    Volume 1352


    Neuroimmunomodulation in Health and Disease: 9th Congress of the International Society for Neuroimmunomodulation

    Edited by Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences editorial staff

    This Annals volume discusses recent research on interactions between nervous, endocrine, and immune systems in both health and disease.

    Volume 1351


    Addiction Reviews

    Edited by George R. Uhl (National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, Maryland)

    The seventh installment of this annual review series on addiction.


    Resveratrol and Health: 3rd International Conference

    Edited by Ole Vang (Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark) and John M. Pezzuto (University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, Hawaii)

    Recent findings on the biological effects and therapeutic potential of resveratrol and its derivatives.

  • Podcasts

    Understanding nutrition's impact on health requires an intricate knowledge of all the different systems within the human body. Learn how a systems approach to nutrition could change the field.

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    A recent conference held at the Academy asked a downright outrageous question: Can dementia be prevented by making changes to your diet? In this podcast we look at what the answers might be.

    Download (87 MB, 38:11)

    In the second of a two-part series, experts look at the links between health and nutrition. They examine everything from how nutrition impacts hospital stays, to cancer and aging, to developing food science innovations, and improving diet.

    Download (45 MB, 19:56)