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Lecture | Daniel Lende | Neuroanthropology and the Biocultural Approach: Understanding Human Brain Variation in the Wild

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Lecture | Daniel Lende | Neuroanthropology and the Biocultural Approach: Understanding Human Brain Variation in the Wild

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We now recognize that our brains are more plastic than once imagined.  Research in neurobiology has shown that how our brains function is shaped by reciprocal influences between genetics, development, behavior, culture, and environment.  However, much of this research has been done in laboratory and clinical settings, without concurrent examination of how brains vary in the wild.  This talk will outline the field of neuroanthropology using prominent examples including addiction and balance, and then reflect on how this synergy of neuroscience and anthropology emerged out of the biocultural approach pioneered at Emory. November 13, 2014