Hello. My name is Susan Swanberg and I'll be live blogging tonight's lecture for the Arizona Daily Star. The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m.
The lecture will begin in about 25 minutes. Tonight we'll hear from Katalin M. Gothard, PhD, MD, an assistant professor in the University of Arizona departments of physiology and neurobiology and the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute.
Gothard received her MD in 1988 from the University of Timisoara in Romania. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona in 1996.
The broad goal of research in Gothard's laboratory at the University of Arizona is understanding the neural basis of emotion. Her laboratory uses nonhuman primates as a model system to study normal and pathological emotions within the context of social behavior. That is, she studies nonhuman primate emotion in order to better understand human emotion.
Tonight, Mar. 3, 2014, Gothard's topic will be "The Ancestors in Our Brain."
Gothard will discuss the ancestral neural circuits underlying behavior necessary to satisfy basic biological needs. She will also discuss the more recently evolved neural circuits superimposed on these ancestral circuits.
The interface between the ancestral and more recent neural circuits enables us to be social, emotional beings as well as thinkers and inventors of technology.
Who are the ancestors in our brains? Katalin M. Gothard, PHD, MD, an assistant professor in the departments of physiology and neurobiology and the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute will explain that to us in about 15 minutes.
Evolving Brain 101--Neurotransmitters are chemicals that mediate direct information transfer between neurons.
Macaques are nonhuman primates often used to study emotions, those unique brain-body states triggered by objects and events of personal significance.
"The Ancestors in Our Brain," a lecture by Katalin M. Gothard, PhD, MD, an assistant professor in the departments of physiology and neurobiology and the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, will begin in 10 minutes.
The hall is nearly full for tonight's lecture. There are a few seats left, but not many. These lectures, part of the University of Arizona College of Science series on "The Evolving Brain" have been very well attended.
Funding for "The Evolving Brain" series has been provided by a number of sources, including The Arizona Daily Star.
"The Ancestors in Our Brain," a lecture by Katalin M. Gothard, PhD, MD will begin in 5 minutes.
We have 111 watchers so far on this live blog tonight.
The lights are dimming and the presentation is about to begin.
The speaker is being welcomed with applause by the audience.
"Let's talk about the evolution of the brain." On the tree of evolution, we are a small branch. The basic structure of the brain was set down millions of years ago.
"When I look into the limpid eyes of the macaque, I think it is only a coincidence that I study them instead of them studying me." Dr. Gothard
Molecules lead to cells lead to circuits which lead to behavior.