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Announcing FPR-McGill 2018 Summer Workshop in Social and Cultural Neuroscience

McGill’s Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives Initiative: Integrating Social Context into Neuroscience Research

By Constance A. Cummings, FPR Project Director In a recent collection of essays, anthropologist Gisli Palsson suggested we’re on the verge of a “post-disciplinary” era of academic collaboration (Palsson, 2015). Signs were very much in evidence at an inaugural workshop exploring ways to integrate social context in neuroscience research at McGill University on June 6–7, […]

FPR Sex/Gender Conference Summary: Part 3 – What Counts as Adequate Function?

The sex/gender conference succeeded in bringing together people “with different ideas and skills, different ways of thinking, that are actually transforming the field,” observed Carol Worthman, chair of Part 3 (“What’s at Stake?”). The earlier sessions (see Parts 1 and 2) provided us with a better sense of the complexities of sex/gender; we also learned […]

FPR Sex/Gender Conference Summary: Part 2 – What’s Fixed, Changing, Changeable

Part 2 of the FPR-UCLA conference on sex/gender, which was chaired by cultural anthropologist Gilbert Herdt, explored aspects of brain and behavior that are “fixed” by evolution and biology and other aspects that create, reflect, and respond to human social and cultural environments. Speakers in the first session addressed, in Darwin’s phrase, the “entangled bank” […]

FPR Sex/Gender Conference Summary: Part I – Why Now?

Emerging theories in neuroscience – fueled by new technologies in brain imaging and recording along with torrents of new data – offer a profoundly different view of the human brain – part of a “tangled skein” of extended brain-body-behavior networks that are dynamic, plastic, adaptable, and “in constant dialog” with the environment (Rebeiz, Patel, & […]

Special Issue on Sex Differences in Neuro/Psych Disorders (Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology)

Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology Volume 35, Issue 3, Pages 253-404 (August 2014) Sex Differences in Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders Edited by Larry J. Young and Donald W. Pfaff Sex differences in neurological and psychiatric disorders Pages 253-254 Larry J. Young, Donald W. Pfaff Etiologies underlying sex differences in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Review) Pages 255-271 Sara M. […]

From Toxins to Culture: How Environment Shapes the Infant Brain (AAAS 2016 Symposium)

AAAS 2016 Annual Meeting / Global Science Engagement Website: https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2016/webprogram/Session12229.html Sunday, February 14, 2016: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM Prenatal and perinatal environmental factors, from toxins to maternal care and culture, profoundly influence the brains of infants, sometimes resulting in lifelong pathologies. The effects of these factors have only recently been rigorously assessed in humans, and the mechanisms […]

A Must-Read: Nature Special Issue on Interdisciplinarity

This Fall, the FPR is celebrating fifteen years of interdisciplinary research and scholarship through FPR-funded programs at UCLA and Hampshire College and FPR-funded research in field sites in the US and around the world. Coincidentally this month, Nature has published a special issue on Interdisciplinarity, which “probes how scientists and social scientists are coming together […]

Conference Speaker Tom Boellstorff’s Virtual-World Research Featured on the Drax Files

“To call the physical world ‘real life’ is the number-one problem in the study of technology. A lot of stuff that happens on line is real.” This is a must-see clip about Tom Boellstorff’s ethnographic research on Second Life.

Mapping Out a Feminist Bioscience: Interview with Sari van Anders (Part 1)

Doing Feminist Bioscience: Interview with Sari van Anders from KT on Vimeo. Bio: Dr. Sari van Anders is an associate professor of Psychology & Women’s Studies and affiliate faculty member of the Program in Neuroscience; the Reproductive Science Program; and the Science, Technology, and Science Studies Program at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. She is also the […]

Mapping Out a Feminist Bioscience: Interview with Sari van Anders (Part 2)

Doing Feminist Bioscience- Interview with Sari van Anders (Part 2) from Kathy Trang on Vimeo. Bio: Dr. Sari van Anders is an associate professor of Psychology & Women’s Studies and affiliate faculty member of the Program in Neuroscience; the Reproductive Science Program; and the Science, Technology, and Science Studies Program at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. She […]

DSM-5 on Culture: A Significant Advance

[A]ll forms of distress are locally shaped, including the DSM disorders. – DSM-5 (APA, 2013, p. 758)  The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders  (DSM-5; APA, 2013) was finally presented on May 18th at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Much ink has been spilled in the media about the […]

Book Review: Liah Greenfeld’s Mind, Modernity, Madness

According to Liah Greenfeld, author of Mind, Modernity, Madness, “culture is an empirical reality of the first order in human life – that it, in the most profound sense of the word makes us human and defines human experience.”

Toward an Anthropological Theory of Mind: Introduction

In October 2011, a small, international gathering of twenty-seven anthropologists and psychologists took place at the Stanford Humanities Center, organized by Stanford anthropology professor Tanya Luhrmann and Culture and Mind postdoctoral fellows Julia Cassaniti, and Jocelyn Marrow.

Toward an Anthropological Theory of Mind: Selves

The session on “selves” in many ways revisited some classic questions in psychological anthropology: “To what extent are selves culturally constituted? If selves are only partially constituted by culture, what other factors play a part in their makeup?

CBDMH Psychosis Workshop Summary, Pt. 2

Today’s talk, which was richly illustrated with film clips from his documentary series Afflictions, focused on three areas: diagnosis and healing, illness experience, and outcome (see also Lemelson & Tucker, in press-a; and Lemelson & Tucker, in press-b, for more on the making of Afflictions).

CBDMH Psychosis Workshop Summary, Pt. 1

Last weekend, the FPR-CBDMH program held its inaugural winter workshop for CBDMH students and affiliated faculty at UCLA, bringing together an informal group to share research and perspectives on a topic of general interest: “Rethinking Psychosis: Culture, Brain, and Context.”

Is Schizophrenia a Network Disorder? Researchers Weigh in …

This is just a brief note that Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience 2013; 15(3) focuses on Static and Dynamic Imaging: Clinical and Therapeutic Implications. The issue includes an overview by Olaf Sporns, author of Networks of the Brain (MIT, 2010) and Discovering the Human Connectome (MIT, 2012). In particular, three papers might be of particular interest to this […]

A Very Brief Introduction: Resting-State Brain Connectivity

Some of the speakers at our forthcoming winter workshop on psychosis for CBD/CBDMH affiliated faculty and students will be talking about, or have an active research interest in the brain’s resting state activity, including Steve Lopez and Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Georg Northoff, and Suparna Choudhury. I thought I’d post two videos (a very short, fun intro […]

Lessons from Ten Years of Mixed Methods Graduate Training at UCLA

In May 2012 I attended the 10th reunion of the the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development, which was founded in 2002 to foster interdisciplinary research and training at the graduate and postdoctoral level at the intersection of culture, social environment, and human brain development. The meeting  included CBD alumni and current trainees as well as CBD faculty, […]

Waking, Dreaming, Being: The FPR Interviews Philospher Evan Thompson

The FPR interviews philosopher Evan Thompson (University of Toronto) for the Foundation for Psychocultural Research about his new book in progress, Waking, Dreaming, Being: New Light on the Self and Consciousness from Neuroscience and Mediation.  Evan Thompson, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, works in the areas of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, […]

Mental Disorders as Brain Disorders and Connectome Research Programs: Three Very Short Introductions from CalTech

Three videos from TEDxCaltech cover the basics in record time: “Mental Disorders as Brain Disorders” (Insel), the connectome (Lichtman), and The Human Connectome Project (Van Essen):

“More than a Brain: Human Mindscapes” (Review)

Lambros Malafouris, who is Johnson Research and Teaching Fellow in Creativity, Cognition and Material Culture, University of Oxford, reviews two books for the journal Brain: Aping Mankind (Acuman, 2011) by Raymond Tallis and Landscape of the Mind: Human Evolution and the Archaeology of Thought (Columbia, 2011) by John Hoffecker.

DSM-5 Recap: The “Eight Dimensions” of Psychosis

Psychiatric Times recaps changes in DSM-5 re psychotic disorders. But see also a terrific article in 2010 Nature (“The Environment and Schizophrenia”) by van Os et al. for a much less reductionistic examination of environment.

A Conversation with Karen Nakamura

[This interview is cross-posted at somatosphere.net and the fpr blog.] Science writer Karen A. Frenkel interviews anthropologist Karen Nakamura for the FPR.  Karen Nakamura is Associate Professor of Anthropology and East Asian Studies at Yale University. A cultural and visual anthropologist, her research focuses on disability and minority social movements in contemporary Japan. Her ethnography about sign […]

Brain science of the 1950’s: “Small patches of illumination surrounded by an uncharted expanse of darkness”

Here’s the link to Mike Jay’s great review of Suzanne Corkin’s new book “Permanent Present Tense: The Man with No Memory and What He Taught the World.”

Listen to Russell Poldrack on UT’s Neuroscientists Talk Shop

Russell Poldrack of UT Austin talks about cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, and the current focus on connectivity. Here is the link: Russell Poldrack, NTS March 2013

Real time brain activity in hippocampus! (YouTube video via Stanford and knowingneurons.com)

Ziv Y., Burns L.D., Cocker E.D., Hamel E.O., Ghosh K.K., Kitch L.J., Gamal A.E. & Schnitzer M.J. (2013). Long-term dynamics of CA1 hippocampal place codes, Nature Neuroscience, 16 (3) 264-266. DOI: 10.1038/nn.3329