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    Biology of Mind

    Saturday, February 22, 2014
    2:30 PM

    What is mind? Is it a property attributable to biological functionality alone, and, in particular, arising from the morphology of the mammalian brain and/or the influence of that animal’s body? How far down the evolutionary scale can we apply terms like cognition, consciousness, and intelligence? Are we capable of engineering artificial minds?

    Participants include John Krakauer, Gary Marcus, Ken Miller, David Rosenthal, and Matthew Stone.


    RSVP is closed for this event.
    Contact Sharon Weller for additional information at 212-879-7050.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium

    John Krakauer is Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Director of BLAM Lab, and Co-founder of the KATA project. He received his bachelor's and master's degree from Cambridge University, and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. After completing an internship in Internal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, he returned to Columbia University for his residency in Neurology at the Neurological Institute of New York. He subsequently completed a research fellowship in motor control in the Center of Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia and a clinical fellowship in stroke at the Neurological Institute at Columbia University Medical Center. His areas of research interest are: (1) Experimental and computational studies of motor control and motor learning in humans (2) Tracking long-term motor skill learning and its relation to higher cognitive processes such as decision making. (3) Prediction of motor recovery after stroke (4) Mechanisms of spontaneous motor recovery after stroke in humans and in mouse models (5) New neuro-rehabilitation approaches for patients in the first 3 months after stroke. His clinical interest is in stroke, including ischemic cerebrovascular disease, subarachnoid and intracerebral hemorrhage, arteriovenous malformations, cerebral vasculitis, cerebral aneurysms, and sinus thrombosis.

    Gary Marcus is Director of the NYU Center for Language and Music, and Professor of Psychology at New York University. Author of The Birth of the Mind, The Algebraic Mind: Integrating Connectionism and Cognitive Science, and editor of The Norton Psychology Reader, Dr. Marcus's research on developmental cognitive neuroscience has been published in over forty articles in leading journals such as Science, Nature, Cognition, Cognitive Psychology, and the Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development. In 1996 he won the Robert L. Fantz award for new investigators in cognitive development, and in 2002-2003 Marcus he was a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. His 2008 book Kluge was a New York Times Editor's Choice.

    Ken Miller is Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Department of Physiology and Director, Center for Theoretical Neurobiology, Columbia University. Co-Director of Columbia's Swartz Program in Theoretical Neurobiology, its Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, as well as its Neurobiology and Behavior Graduate Program, Professor Miller also serves as Vice-Chair of its Department of Neuroscience. He received his B.A. from Reed College, his M.S. and Ph.D. (with distinction) from Stanford University, and completed his postdoctoral work at UCSF and Caltech. A founding member of the editorial board of Journal of Computational Neuroscience, he is also Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, in Goettingen, Germany, and an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. He has served as faculty for many years at Woods Hole, teaching Methods in Computational Neuroscience. He is a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Searle Scholar's Award, Dell Webb Biology Fellowship, and National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.

    David Rosenthal is Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Concentration in Cognitive Science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has published widely on consciousness, the mental qualities of perceiving and sensation, the representational character of thought, the nature of emotions, the self, and related topics, including his 2005 book, Consciousness and Mind. He is past president of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and has been a Visiting Professor at Nihon University, Tokyo, and Washington University in St. Louis, and a Research Fellow at the Universities of Bielefeld, Bremen, and Oxford. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton and an A.B. from the University of Chicago.

    Matthew Stone completed his Ph.D. in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. Since then he has had an appointment in the Computer Science Department and Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He has had visiting positions at the University of Edinburgh and the Universität Potsdam. He works on problems of meaning in human-human and human-computer conversation.

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