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Email: deborah DOT jenson AT duke DOT edu
Professor and Director
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies & Duke Global Health Institute
Romance Studies, Arts & Sciences
DIBS Faculty, DIBS Research Theme Leader
Why are human beings subject to mimetic influence? How does verbal cognition, particularly in rhetoric and in verbal arts products such as fictional narrative or poetry, involve mimetic mechanisms? When and in what terms have such problems been explored in the history of neuroscience and mental health fields, such as the "mirror neuron system"?
I am also interested in "mimic" phenomena regulated by the autonomic nervous system in contexts including post-traumatic stress, proto-epileptic trance states, and vicarious empathic experience.
My engagement in global mental health, particularly in Haiti, overlaps with my interest in "social" and "cultural" neuroscience and the growing potential for global neuroscience education and research.
Ph.D., Harvard University
Maîtrise, Universite De Paris VIII
B.A., Bowdoin College
“Literary Bio-Mimesis: Mirror Neurons and the Ontological Priority of Representation” (with Marco Iacoboni), California Italian Studies, 2:1 (2011) pp. 1-18.
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