The Neuroscience and Psychology of Nostalgia: How Memories of Our Past Affect Our Present

Wednesday, July 18th 2012 at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, July 18th 2012 at 9:00 pm
Tishman Auditorium at The New School - 66 W 12th St, New York, NY

Nostalgia is a mysteriously bittersweet emotion. It can keep you warm even as it brings a pang of loss. Is nostalgia healthy or harmful? What makes some people more nostalgic than others? Can neuroscience tell us anything about the phenomenon? How can nostalgia be used to influence our emotions and behavior? And what role do sentimental memories play in defining who we are?

Join the Center for Inquiry-New York City on July 18 as we explore these and related issues. Sandra Upson, Managing Editor at Scientific American Mind, will moderate a discussion between Professor Krystine Batcho, a psychologist and nostalgia expert at Le Moyne College; Professor Joseph LeDoux, an eminent neuroscientist studying memory and emotion at New York University; and of course you, the inquiring audience.

This event is $5 for the general public, free for members. Click here to purchase tickets.
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Join other members of the audience for drinks after the discussion at a location to be announced at the event.