Inaugural Khodadad Lecture on Greed and Human Suffering

Friday, April 29, 2016 10:00am-11:45am
Photonics Building, 8 St. Mary’s St., Room 206
Dr. Paul Piff, Professor of Psychology, UC Irvine

“Self-Interest Across the Social Ladder” 

Department-Wide Talks

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 11:00am-12:30pm
Photonics Building, 8 St. Mary’s St., Room 906

Dr. Joseph LeDoux
Center for Neural Science & Emotional Brain Institute, NYU
“Coming to Terms with Fear”

Dr. Elizabeth Phelps
Department of Psychology, NYU
“Mechanism of Fear Control in Humans”

Growing Up In Science Talk Series

Dr. Weiji Ma, Center for Neural Science, Department of Psychology, NYU
When: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 5:30-6:30pm
Where: 2 Cummington Mall, Room 109

Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg, Center for Autism Research Excellence, Dept. of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 5:30-6:30
64 Cummington Mall, Room 159

Spring 2016 Brain, Behavior & Cognition Seminar Series

Jointly Presented by the Program in Brain, Behavior & Cognition and the Center for Systems Neuroscience

Thursday, March 24th at 12:30. 2 Cummington Mall, Room 109
Dr. Michael Milford, Queensland University of Technology
Multi-scale, multi-sensor and deep learning-based approaches to bio-inspired mapping and place recognition

Spring 2016 Center for Systems Neuroscience Seminar Series

Talks will take place on Wednesdays at 12 noon in Rm. B01 at 24 Cummington Street with lunch served upstairs in Rm. 103 (unless otherwise noted).

  • January 13
    Chris Rozell, Georgia Tech
    “The big (BRAIN) data cometh: Low-Dimensional Models for Understanding Neural Systems”
  • January 20
    Thomas Yeo, National University of Singapore,
    “Hierarchical Bayesian Models of Brain Function and Disorder”
  • January 27
    Tatyana Sharpee, Salk Institute
    “Sensory Coding in the Natural Environment”
  • February 3
    David Boas, MGH Harvard
  • March 16
    Jennie Luebke, Boston University, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
  • March 23
    Sylvain Williams, Department of Psychiatry, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill
  • April 6 —  2 Cummington Mall, B01, 12:00PM
    Katya Ravid, DSc, Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, Boston University &
    David Center, MD, Professor of Medicine, Boston University
    “BU Mechanism and Funding Available to Support Biomedical Research Initiatives”

Future talks TBD

Spring 2016 Center for Memory and Brain Seminar Series

SAVE THE DATE: May 24 & May 25, 2016

Hippocampus: 25 Years of Progress

  • Keynote addresses by Nobel laureates John O’Keefe and Edvard Moser.
  • Lectures by David Amaral, Elizabeth Buffalo, Gyorgy Buzsaki, Neal Cohen, Lila Davachi, Loren Frank, Stephan Heckers, Richard Morris, Lynn Nadel, Alison Preston, Charan Ranganath, Matthew Shapiro, Alcino Silva, and Menno Witter.
  • Location:
    • Boston University
      Photonics, 206
      8 St Mary’s Street
      Boston, MA
  • Registration is free but required. Please email
    to confirm your attendance.
  • Schedule and additional information.

Spring 2016 Developmental Science Colloquium & Brown Bag Series

All talks are held at 3:30pm in Room 150 of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences unless otherwise noted.

  • February 3 (Brown Bag)
    Kayla Finch and Charu Tuladhar, Boston University
  • February 24
    Dr. Kristin Long, Boston University
    “Family adjustment to childhood chronic illness and disability: Context matters”
  • March 16
    Dr. Joonkoo Park, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    “Approximate Number Sense Training”
  • March 23
    Dr. Vanessa LoBue, Rutgers University
    “Rapid Attention to Threat: Evidence for Multiple Converging Pathways”
  • March 30
    Dr. Valerie Knopik, Brown University
    “Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy and ADHD: Real or Spurious Effect?”
  • April 6
    Dr. Katherine McAuliffe, Boston College
    “Children’s enforcement of fairness norms”
  • April 13 — 2 Cummington Mall, Rm. 109, 4:00PM
    Dr.Rebecca Saxe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    “Its the thought that counts: Progress in understanding the neural basis of Theory of Mind”

Spring 2016 Clinical Psychology Colloquia

Colloquium Talks will be held on Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 648 Beacon St., Room 608.

  • January 27
    Dr. Marcy Tompson, Boston University
    “Family­ Focused Treatment for Childhood­ onset Depressive Disorders: Rationale, Illustration and Initial Evidence of Efficacy”
  • February 17
    Dr. Dorene Rentz, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    “Detecting Cognitive and Behavioral Evidence of Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease: Lessons Learned from the Harvard Aging Brain Study”
  • February 24
    Dr. Jill Harkavy-­Friedman, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention &
    Dr. Michael Otto, Boston University
    Grant Writing Discussion Panel
  • March 16
    Dr. Kim Gratz, University of Mississippi Medical Center
    “Targeting Emotion Regulation in the Treatment of Self-harm in Borderline Personality Disorder: Efficacy, Effectiveness, and Transportability of an Emotion Regulation Group Therapy”
  • March 30
    Dr. Larry Seidman, Harvard Medical School
    “A Developmental Perspective on Identifying Risk for Psychosis and Strategies for Early Intervention & Prevention”
  • April 6
    Dr. David Moscovitch, University of Waterloo
    Understanding social anxiety disorder through the lens of imagery and memory: A fertile landscape for clinical research and practice
  • April 20
    Dr. Bruce Chorpita, University of California, Los Angeles
    “All about that (evidence) base: Exploring new ways to use evidence to improve service quality”
  • April 27
    Dr. Robert DeRubeis, University of Pennsylvania
    “Evidence-based personalized clinical practice”