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Sunday, March 4, 2012


02:00 PM–03:00 PM


Pleasure has made us who we are today! We wouldn't have survived as a species if the circuitry in our brains didn’t make activities like eating food and having sex pleasurable. But what about other activities? How has the brain reacted to "tactile" stimuli for the enjoyment of art? Join David Linden, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as he talks about how we activate this pleasure circuitry through a range of activities like exercising, meditation, caring for others, or enjoying art. What do they have in common?

About the Speaker
David J. Linden, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His laboratory has worked for many years on the cellular substrates of memory storage in the brain and a few other topics. He has a longstanding interest in scientific communication and serves as the Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology. He is the author of two books on the biology of behavior for a general audience, The Accidental Mind (Harvard/Belknap, 2007) and The Compass of Pleasure (Viking Press, 2011) which, to date, have been translated into 12 languages.

He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his two pleasure-seeking children.

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