At this Scientists in Synagogues lecture series at Temple Emanu-El in Providence, RI, the overarching goal will be for participants to consider multiple approaches to understanding themselves as agents: human beings who think, act, and take responsibility for their destiny.
This is first of four lectures – Habits and Awareness: A Neuroscientist’s Perspective, featuring Victoria Templer Rotkow, Ph.D.
Are humans on autopilot, relying on habits to navigate the world, or are we fully in control of our lives, actively deciding who we are and who we want to be? Relying on her personal research and advances in the field of neuroscience, Professor Victoria Templer will examine human and nonhuman animal behavior to examine the extent of how much agency we have in our lives and our capacity to change.
10:30 a.m. Brunch followed by Learning at 11 a.m.
Please register for brunch by January 25
Zoom Link will be sent to those who have registered ahead of time.
Victoria Templer Rotkow received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience & Animal Behavior from Emory University in 2014 and is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Neuroscience at Providence College. In her research laboratory, she develops animal models of memory, learning, and attention that answer both behavioral and neurobiological processing questions. The goal of her research is to characterize cognitive and neural substrates of different memory systems implicated in human aging, disease, and mental health and inform cognitive evolution in the comparative cognition tradition.
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