Extraordinary Variations of the Human Mind: Lessons for Anthropogeny

Event Date (Pacific Time): 
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 1:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Chairs:

Daniel Geschwind, University of California, Los Angeles
Isabelle Peretz, BRAMS, Université de Montréal

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.

Event Sessions

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Media Session Speakers
File Welcome Fred Gage, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
File Our Brains: Life on a Continuum Daniel Geschwind, University of California, Los Angeles
File From Genes to Neural Circuits to Behavior & Back Again: Neurogenetic Mechanisms in Williams Syndrome Karen Berman, National Institutes of Health
File Language at the Extremes Simon Fisher, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
File Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory James McGaugh, University of California, Irvine
File The Incredible Savant Syndrome Darold Treffert, University of Wisconsin
File Acquired Savantism in Neurological Conditions Bruce Miller, University of California, San Francisco
File Born to be Musical: What We can Learn from Congenital Anomalies Isabelle Peretz, BRAMS, Université de Montréal
File Fragments of Genius: Mapping the Mind of a Musical Savant Adam Ockelford, University of Roehampton
File Synaesthesia: From Extraordinary Experiences to Enhanced Abilities Jamie Ward, University of Sussex
File Question and Answer Session, Closing Remarks Daniel Geschwind, University of California, Los Angeles
Isabelle Peretz, BRAMS, Université de Montréal
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