Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences (SALMS) Speakers Series:
Dr. Steven E. Hyman, “Addiction as a Window into Volition”
Tuesday, 9/27, 12-1 pm, Pound 101
SALMS serves lunch: Free Burritos!
How should the law confront the “choices” of an addict? Though neuroscience research into addiction has advanced dramatically, few lessons have been incorporated into legal doctrine. Dr. Steven Hyman, former Harvard Provost and founding member of the Governing Board of the Project on Law and Neuroscience, will present recent neuroscience findings to shed light on the legal concepts of addiction and self-control.
After leading the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 1996–2001, Dr. Hyman served as Provost of Harvard University from 2001–2011. Prior to his position at NIMH, Dr. Hyman was Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Psychiatry Research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He also taught neurobiology at Harvard Medical School and was the first faculty Director of Harvard University’s Interfaculty Initiative in Mind, Brain and Behavior. Dr. Hyman received his B.A. from Yale in 1974 (summa cum laude) and his M.A. from the University of Cambridge in 1976, where he was a Mellon fellow studying the history and philosophy of science. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School (cum laude) in 1980. Following an internship in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a residency in psychiatry at McLean Hospital and a clinical fellowship in neurology at MGH, he was postdoctoral fellow at Harvard in molecular biology. Dr. Hyman is currently a scholar in residence in the Psychiatric Disease Program at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Read more at the SALMS website..
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Related Situationist posts:
- Brain and Blame
- Should Addiction Be Criminalized?
- “The Situational Effects of Dopamine,”
- “The Addictive Situation of Fatty Food,”
- “The Science of Addiction, The Myth of Choice,”
- “Are Video Games Addictive?,”
- “The Situation of Gambling,”
- “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
- Dan Dennett at Harvard Law on “Free Will, Responsibility, and the Brain”,
- David Eagleman on the Brain and the Law
- “Daniel Dennett on the Situation of our Brain,”
- “Dan Dennett on our Interior Situation,”
- “Bargh and Baumeister and the Free Will Debate,”
- “Bargh and Baumeister and the Free Will Debate – Part II,”
- “Coalition of the Will-less.”