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Frontiers in Neuroscience, Muhlenberg College

Students Lead Talks on "Frontiers in Neuroscience"

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – (April 26, 2013) – We live in a time of great neuro-evangelism in media and social belief. Curious about the current state of knowledge in neuroscience? Itching to know about the gains that neuroscience has made in studying conscious experience, selfhood, meditation, desire, and attention? Hungry for an opportunity to nerd out?  “Frontiers in Neuroscience,” a series of 20 student talks, will be held on Monday, April 29, and Tuesday, April 30, in the Seegers Union Great Room from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided. 

Below are interviews with two of the speakers for the event. To listen to the complete set of interviews, visit our Neuroscience website.

The 11 students enrolled in States of Consciousness this semester have each prepared 20 minute 'TED talk' style lecture-performances on key issues in contemporary neuroscience. These talks are punchy, engaging, critical commentary on the current state of the field.

Topics discussed include artificial intelligence, the neural basis of sex and pleasure, collective cognition, neuroscience of spatial mapping and wayfinding, the power of positive thinking, color vision, meditation, the neural basis of anxiety, and neuroplasticity.

Monday’s content will focus on beliefs and behaviors, while Tuesday’s will examine desires and attentions.

The neuroscience curriculum at Muhlenberg has been designed to highlight those resonances and counterpoints among the “traditional” disciplines of biology, chemistry, math, psychology and philosophy in order to yield new perspectives on the roots of behavior and consciousness.  The major provides students the opportunity to develop strong foundational training in neuroscience within the context of the liberal arts.  Given the broad curriculum, faculty scholarly expertise, and the many opportunities for faculty-student research collaborations, neuroscience majors are especially prepared for careers in academia, industry, or the clinic.

For more information on “Frontiers in Neuroscience,” contact Dr. Jeremy Teissere, associate professor of biology and neuroscience, at