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APA Science Directorate Sponsors Science Café

The topic for the coming event is "Unraveling the Mysteries of the Brain and Mind in the Aftermath of Terri Schiavo and Related Cases."

On March 26, 2007, the Foundation for the Advancement of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) and the APA Science Directorate will once again collaborate on a Science Café. The topic for the coming event is "Unraveling the Mysteries of the Brain and Mind in the Aftermath of Terri Schiavo and Related Cases." The Cafe will take place at the headquarters building of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC.

FABBS, the organizer of the Science Café series, asked Nicholas Schiff and Daniel Wegner to speak at the event. Schiff is Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Wegner is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

Schiff will examine several recent cases of severe brain injury and consider their proper placement within the spectrum of disorders of human consciousness. He will explore how modern neuroimaging may extend our understanding of mechanisms underlying these conditions.

Wegner will consider how persistent vegetative states and minimally conscious states are judged from the outside, by examining how people perceive other inscrutable minds, such as those of animals, babies, and robots.

Both speakers will discuss how current research, including neuroimaging technologies, addresses the important questions surrounding these difficult conditions.

Please contact FABBS via email if you are interested in attending the March 26th Science Café.

The Science Directorate is sponsoring this event, which is open to the public free of charge, as the capstone to its eight-year long training activity on functional magnetic resonance imaging. A grant to APA from the National Institute of Mental Health provided funding to train nearly 300 psychological scientists in fMRI technology from 2000 to 2006. Robert Savoy of Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the country's most distinguished educators in neuroimaging, was the Institute leader.

In late March, the final activity on this grant will be completed - two public education brochures designed to explain the uses of fMRI in psychological science. One brochure has been designed for an adult population and the other has been written with a teenage audience in mind. The March issue of PSA will include links to pdfs for both documents. A limited number of paper copies will be made available; ordering information will be available in March.