Current Cravings, Strange Desires, and Frightening Things

Current Cravings, Strange Desires, and Frightening Things

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor, Barnard Hall, Barnard College, West 117th St. and Broadway

 

Roslyn Silver Science '27 Lecture presents "Current Cravings, Strange Desires, and Frightening Things: The Effect of the Frontal Lobe and Amygdala on Affect and Actions," a lecture with Elisabeth A. Murray.

Dr. Elisabeth A. Murray, senior investigator at the National Institute of Mental Health's Laboratory of Neuropsychology, studies the neural basis of learning, memory, emotion, and action. One topic of particular interest is the neural bases of decision-making. Examining the neural circuits critical for affective processing and the way in which affective information, including reward, guides decision-making, Dr. Murray will discuss her research in macaque monkeys, showing that the amygdala and a part of the frontal lobe operate as part of a network involved in reward-based decision-making. This event is free and open to the public.