George Family Lecture Series
Dr. Marco Iacoboni is a Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center (Brain Research Institute, UCLA). Dr. Iacoboni uses neuroscientific/neuroimaging techniques in order to examine human brain functions. Dr. Iacoboni's expertise is in mirror neurons, which are cells in our brain that become active when we perform a specific action and when we watch other people perform that same action. Dr. Iacoboni will discuss his research using neuroimaging and how mirror neurons can allow us to "read someone else's intentions." One question he seeks to ask is if mirror neurons become active to not only the action itself, but to the intention of an action. For example, Dr. Iacoboni has found that different mirror neurons fire for the same action with different intentions (e.g., lifting a coffee cup to drink versus lifting the coffee cup to place it in the dishwasher). In general, this research can help us to predict what other people are thinking or what they might be doing. His research has broad application across many disciplines including psychology, communication, business, language acquisition, education, and biology, just to name a few.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm