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Brain, Genes and Morality (Grand Rapids)

June 10, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


What is the biological basis of morality? Scientists are just beginning to understand something of what our brains are doing when we feel compassion or loyalty, or other moral emotions. This talk explores the neurobiology of morality both in terms of moral feeling and in terms of values, relating each moral feeling and value to what we know (and what we don’t) about the brain function underlying it.

This talk will address such questions as is there a distinct location for the moral sense in a person’s brain? What activity goes on in our brains when we make moral choices? How are the brains of psychopaths different from most people, and is this difference genetic?

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Mark Reimers, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience, Michigan State University

Dr. Mark Reimers studies brain function by applying advanced statistical and computational methods to the very large data sets of brain activity measures now being generated in neuroscience. In particular he tries to understand how brain dynamics changes between different activities and states of mind. Dr. Reimers has worked at the US National Institutes of Health, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics in Richmond. He is the co-author of many publications about brain genetics, development and evolution in several leading science journals, including three articles in Nature and two in Science.