'Mechanisms of Mind' series kicks off Feb. 21 at the ADRI

January 31, 2018

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).

For more information and to view the full listing of dialogues, workshops, and events, visit http://adri.psu.edu/calendar and connect with the Penn State ADRI on Facebook.

Last Updated January 31, 2018