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- December 24
'The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World' by Susan Schneider, PhD
Actions have consequences--and the ability to learn from them revolutionized life on earth. Consequences are everywhere, influencing everything from the humblest flatworms to our most impressive human accomplishments.
While it's easy enough to see that consequences are important, few have heard there's a science of consequences, with principles that affect us every day. Ten years in the making, The Science of Consequences tells a tale ranging from genetics to neurotransmitters, from emotion to language, from parenting to politics. Despite their variety, consequences appear to follow a common set of scientific principles and share some similar effects in the brain (such as the "pleasure centers"). Indeed, scientists have demonstrated that learning from consequences predictably activates genes and restructures the neural configuration of the brain-in humans as well as in animals. While they're an integral part of the nature-and-nurture system, the principles of consequences also have applications everywhere--at home, at work, and at school, and that's just for starters.
Susan M. Schneider, PhD, a biopsychologist, behavior analyst, and naturalist, has an international reputation in nature-nurture relations, mathematical modeling of behavior, and the principles of learning from consequences. Author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters, she was an engineer who became a friend of B. F. Skinner, served in the Peace Corps, and then transitioned into psychology. She's taught over a dozen different psychology courses during her career, which includes faculty positions at St. Mary's (mid-90s), Auburn University, and Florida International University, and a Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Auckland. She's currently a Visiting Scholar at University of the Pacific.
This event is free and open to the public. This event may be used to satisfy the Lecture Participation Requirement in PSYC 203, 490 & 493/494.