Kathleen Haaland, professor
Department of psychiatry and neurology
University of New Mexico

Lecture Title: “Spatiotemporal Deficits in Ideomotor Apraxia are not specific to Object Use

June 9, 2010, 8:30 AM
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
12TH Floor Conference Room
1670 Clairmont Rd., Room 12C-122
8:30am – 9:30am
For information: 404-321-6111 ext. 6396 or Elizabeth.Lively2@va.gov

Title: Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience: Identifying Proximate Neural Mechanisms of So-called Evolved Cognitive Adaptations
What: Brain Imaging Seminar Series
Who: Steven Platek
When: 3pm May 19, 2010
Where: Center for Advanced Brain Imaging, 831 Marietta St, AtlantaSince Darwin and the Neosynthesis in evolutionary biology we have known that evolution has shaped all organisms and that biological organs – including the brain and the highly crafted animal nervous system – are subject to the pressures of natural and sexual selection. It is only relatively recently, however, that the cognitive neurosciences have begun to apply evolutionary theory and methods to the study of brain and behavior. Evolutionary cognitive neuroscience encompasses all areas of cognitive neuroscience investigations, from non-human brain-behavior relationships to human cognition and consciousness in a similar manner that evolutionary psychology does with behavior. Evolutionary cognitive neuroscience is in the unique position to identify the underlying neural mechanisms (proximate neural mechanisms) that drive so-called evolved cognitive/psychological adaptations and test theories of modularity versus generality at the level of the brain. Here I will discuss the inception of evolutionary cognitive neuroscience and describe a series of ongoing studies that are poised to be crucial in our understanding of the evolved nature of the nervous system.

What: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Workshop
When: 5/18/2010 1-3pm
Who: This is a free workshop
Where: CABI conference room, 831 Marietta Street, Atlanta
Recent studies suggest that transcranial direct current (tDCS) stimulation can modulate cortical activity. While the effects tend to be very subtle, benefits include low cost and safety. This new technique promises to be useful for understanding how the healthy brain functions, and may prove a useful therapy for brain dysfunction. This workshop will introduce users to this technique, the literature, and neuronavigation (for positioning electrodes on the scalp).

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