Co-sponsored by the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) and the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind (KIBM)
The human mind is one of the features that makes our species unusual, and any narrative of our origins must include explanations for how our mental facilities were generated by genetic and cultural evolutionary processes. Comparative studies with the minds of other species and direct studies of how the typical human brain creates the mind are valuable approaches. However, many useful clues can also be gleaned from studying extraordinary variations of the human mind. This Symposium brings together experts who have pursued in-depth explorations of some of these variations.
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|Fri 5/5||Welcome||Fred Gage|
|Fri 5/5||Our Brains: Life on a Continuum||Daniel Geschwind|
|Fri 5/5||From Genes to Neural Circuits to Behavior & Back Again: Neurogenetic Mechanisms in Williams Syndrome||Karen Berman|
|Fri 5/5||Language at the Extremes||Simon Fisher|
|Fri 5/5||Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory||James McGaugh|
|Fri 5/5||The Incredible Savant Syndrome||Darold Treffert|
|Fri 5/5||Acquired Savantism in Neurological Conditions||Bruce Miller|
|Fri 5/5||Born to be Musical: What We can Learn from Congenital Anomalies||Isabelle Peretz|
|Fri 5/5||Fragments of Genius: Mapping the Mind of a Musical Savant||Adam Ockelford|
|Fri 5/5||Synaesthesia: From Extraordinary Experiences to Enhanced Abilities||Jamie Ward|
|Fri 5/5||Question and Answer Session, Closing Remarks||Daniel Geschwind, Isabelle Peretz|