Science for Sinners
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Adrian Raine is the Richard Perry University Professor of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a neurocriminologist who conducts research on antisocial, criminal, and psychopathic behavior. He has published over 300 journal articles and book chapters, as well as 7 books, and given 271 invited presentations in 25 countries. His latest book, The Anatomy of Violence, is published by Pantheon on April 30. It provides a far-reaching scientific journey into the body of evidence revealing the brain as the key culprit in crime causation. What are the implications for treatment. Will this knowledge be used to predict future offenders? And what challenges does this give to our core values of free will, responsibility, and punishment.
Events featuring Adrian Raine:David Bryce YadenDavid Bryce Yaden is an expert in the neuro-cognitive study of spiritual experiences. He is currently writing a textbook on the topic with his adviser, Dr. Andrew Newberg. He applies this research in his work as a healthcare consultant and in his integrative health practice at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. David also assists with research at the Positive Psychology Center and is happy to be a graduate of the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program at The University of Pennsylvania. He serves as an assistant instructor in this program for Dr. James Pawelski and Dr. Martin Seligman.Event featuring David Bryce Yaden:Herman PontzerHerman Pontzer, professor of Anthropology at Hunter College and the City University of New York, investigates the evolution of humans and the other apes. A native of western Pennsylvania, he attended Penn State as an undergraduate and received his PhD from Harvard University. Through laboratory and field studies, Dr. Pontzer’s work seeks to understand how our bodies evolved and how our evolutionary past shapes our lives today. These projects have taken him to archeological excavations for analyses of 1.8 million year old human fossils, Ugandan rainforests for observation of wild chimpanzees, and most recently to northern Tanzania for measurements of energy expenditure in Hadza hunter-gatherers.
Event featuring Herman Pontzer:Joe KableJoe Kable is the Baird Term Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He studies the cognitive and neurophysiological mechanisms of human decision making, using an integrated empirical approach that borrows from economics, the psychology of judgment and decision making, and social and cognitive neuroscience. His research is supported by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Cancer Institute, and has been featured in outlets such as Newsweek and Freakonomics.com.
Event featuring Joe Kable:Johannes Eichstaedt
Johannes used to be a German particle physicist, but now he is receiving his doctorate in Psychology at Penn. A Positive Psychologist, he specializes in understanding and measuring when things go well across the domains of life and figuring out the science of creating a happy, fulfilled existence. In his research, he and his colleagues are pioneering methods to track the psychological states and well-being of entire populations, using Twitter, Facebook and the Internet. Johannes has previously collected graduate degrees from the University of Chicago (M.S. Physics) and Penn (Master of Applied Positive Psychology).Maria O HalloranDr. Maria O Halloran is a licensed clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania and New York. She is currently working as the bariatric psychologist for Main Line Health and in part-time private practice, with a focus on eating and weight disorders. She also works as an assistant professor at Drexel University. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Drexel University. Her research interests include the development of obesity and weight gain prevention programs; the prevention of weight regain following weight loss; the relationship between dieting and weight control; and using neuroimaging tools to explore neural correlates and predictors of obesity in normal-weight and overweight populations.Event featuring Maria O Halloran:Screw SmartThis evening Lust will be discussed by Kira Manser from ScrewSmart, a queer sex education collaborative founded in 2009 with JD Ackerman and Rebecca Alvarez. This labor of love provides educational workshops, hosts sex-positive events, and advocates freedom of expression for sexual minorities. The self-identified "Screws" promote individual and community dialogues that encourage sexual exploration and value health. Although they take their work seriously- ScrewSmart is known for their ridiculous handmade props and over-the-top humor. All three women have earned Master's of Education with a focus in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Look for ScrewSmart as they continue to make spaces where they can share their love for each other while inspiring others to be engaged and informed sexual adventurers!Events featuring Screw Smart:
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