DIBS invites you to attend a “Transcending the Boundaries Workshop” on Mirror Neurons and Mimesis: The Biological and Social Underpinnings of Imitation to be held September 9, 2009 at Perkins Library, Room 217.
This all-day program includes lunch and a reception. Registration is free, but required by September 4th. For more information, and to register, please click here.
This workshop aims to forge links between the brain, the humanities and the social sciences in a discourse about the biological and social underpinnings of imitation that spans the history of mimesis and mimetic theories in literature, language, theater and culture, and the neural and behavioral mechanisms of social learning, mirroring and imitation. It is our hope that by transcending the traditional boundaries between disciplines, we will discover novel questions and approaches that will inform us about the fundamental principles that guide social cognition and the development of culture and society.
Christoph Wulf, Ph.D., Freie Universität Berlin, Interdisciplinary Center for Historical Anthropology
Christoph Wulf is the author of numerous books, including: Memesis: Culture, Art, Society.
Marco Iacoboni, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center
Marco Iacoboni’s book on mirror neurons is entitled Mirroring People: The New Science of How We Connect with Others.
Duke Faculty Speakers:
Tanya Chartrand, Ph.D., Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
Christine Drea, Ph.D., Duke University, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
Anne Garreta, Ph.D., Duke University, Department of Literature
Margaret Greer, Ph.D., Duke University, Department of Romance Studies
Deborah Jenson, Ph.D., Duke University, Department of Romance Studies
Richard Mooney, Ph.D., Duke University Medical Center, Department of Neurobiology
Michael Platt, Ph.D., (Discussion Moderator), Duke University Medical Center, Department of Neurobiology & Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Gordon Worley, M.D., Duke University Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, Co-Director, Duke Autism Program
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