UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) will launch its monthly series “Mechanisms of Mind” on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Moderated by Paula Droege, Penn State senior lecturer in philosophy, the series features speakers representing the arts, sciences and humanities who explore and discuss the cross-disciplinary connections between body and mind.
Schedule of events:
Which Fearful Children Should We Worry About? A Biopsychosocial Model of Risk
Kristin Buss, professor of psychology
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Buss is interested in emotional development and temperamental variation from birth through early childhood. Her work spans multiple areas of research within social development, psychobiology and neuroscience. Her current work is focused on the development of risk for adjustment problems, such as anxiety symptoms in toddlers with fearful temperaments. This work has demonstrated significant effects for types of situations where children show fear as well as their physiological stress reactivity.
The Molecular Basis of Addiction
David Vandenbergh, professor of biobehavioral Health; neuroscience faculty, The Neuroscience Institute, Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences
Friday, March 16, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Vandenbergh's research focuses on the molecular biology of the nervous system and how it is modified by drugs of abuse, as well as genetic components of drug abuse behaviors.
Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning: A Philosophical Perspective
Dorit Bar-On, professor of philosophy, University of Connecticut
Friday, April 6, noon to 1 p.m.
301D Life Sciences Building
Bar-On has research interests in the philosophy of language and mind, epistemology, and metaethics. She has published articles on Quine, Davidson, Dummett, Grice, meaning and interpretation, conceptual relativism, deflationism, skepticism, self-knowledge, introspection, and ethical expressivism, in The Journal of Philosophy, Mind & Language, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Nous, Synthese, Dialectica, Philosophical Studies, The Canadian Journal of Philosophy, and Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, among others.
The Arts and Design Research Incubator provides support for high-impact arts and design research projects. All programs are free and open to the public and, unless otherwise noted, take place in the ADRI (16 Borland Building).