Making the Invisible Visible: Violence, Compassion, and the Brain

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A Frontiers in Science lecture made possible by the College of Sciences' Living Learning Communities SMaRT and SHaRP Brain science is the least explored of all our sciences. As a result, fear, trepidation, and stigma are associated with the invisible world of brain illnesses (referred to as “mental illnesses”). People are afraid to advocate for themselves and their loved ones to get help in times of need. But the brain is just another organ, and as such, can be healthy or unhealthy. In this presentation, Jeremy Richman will discuss what is known about risk factors for engaging in violent behavior and protective factors for building connection and compassion. Richman seeks to better understand the neurobiological and environmental factors associated with violence and compassion. Once a deeper understanding has been established, these insights can be used to educate citizens about how to identify the signs and symptoms of someone troubled or in crisis; how to responsibly advocate for those at risk of violence to themselves or others; and most importantly, how to foster kind, healthy, and compassionate individuals and communities. ABOUT THE SPEAKER Jeremy G. Richman is a cofounder and the CEO of the Avielle Foundation. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to preventing violence and building compassion through neuroscience research, community engagement, and education. Richman is also a lecturer in psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. Richman has extensive research experience, from neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology, to cardiovascular biology, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, immunology, inflammation, and drug discovery. He is passionate about helping people live happier and healthier lives. Richman is dedicated to reaching out and educating youth, and he believes that our future relies on their imaginations. This is manifest in his teaching of martial arts, biology, neuroscience, and rock climbing to children and teens for the past 25 years. Most importantly, Richman believes it is critical to empower youth to advocate for themselves and their peers when it comes to brain health and brain illnesses. ABOUT FRONTIERS IN SCIENCE LECTURES Lectures in this series are intended to inform, engage, and inspire students, faculty, staff, and the public on developments, breakthroughs, and topics of general interest in the sciences and mathematics. Lecturers tailor their talk for nonexpert audiences. PARKING The closest parking would be the Visitor Parking Lot at 355 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.


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  • Created By: A. Maureen Rouhi
  • Created: 09/28/2017
  • Modified By: A. Maureen Rouhi
  • Modified: 10/09/2017