TIER Talks to offer perspectives on "retraining the brain"
By Steve Seepersaud
The quest to understand the brain is almost as old as humankind itself. How do people think and reason? Are certain people prone to addiction or depression? If so, how and why? What are the mechanisms in the brain that reward self-defeating behaviors and how can they be changed?
While questions such as these have boggled minds for generations, research into the pathways inside the brain offer hope and new insights. Alumni and faculty experts will discuss some of these ideas during Homecoming 2015 at the second TIER Talks: Talks that Inspire, Educate and Resonate. The panel discussion, "Retraining the Brain," will be held at the Watters Theater on campus at 2:15 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10. This event is open to the public.
Our distinguished panel will include:
- Steve Treistman '67, professor of neurobiology at the University of Puerto Rico
- Christopher Bishop, professor of psychology at Binghamton
- Brandon Gibb, professor of pyschology at Binghamton
- Sarah Laszlo, assistant professor of psychology and linguistics at Binghamton
The panelists will discuss their research on hemispheres of the brain, addiction, depression and Parkinson's disease. Our speakers will take questions from the audience toward the end of the session and will be available to talk with you at a reception immediately afterward.
TIER Talks, introduced at Homecoming 2014, engages alumni and faculty who are thought leaders to provide you with insights into hot topics in a manner that both informs and energizes you. Audiences come away from TIER Talks with a deeper knowledge of a topic and a desire to understand more about themselves and the world around them.
Visit the Homecoming 2015 website to see our full schedule of events for the weekend and a list of hotels offering special rates to alumni as well as to register for our activities. Homecoming will also feature the grand opening of the new Alumni Center in Old O'Connor Hall in the original Dickinson Community. The weekend will include reunions for the Alumni of Color (like the reunion's Facebook page), Classes of 1964-66 (Mid-'60s Reunion), the Class of 1985, Class of 1990, Class of 2005, men's tennis, the 20th anniversary of the MPA Program, 45th anniversary of Pipe Dream and 50 years of doctoral education at Binghamton. This will certainly be a memorable weekend!
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