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  • 5/4/2017
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    The Conte Center for Neuroscience Research Presents 'The Science of Violence and Compassion'

    Please join us for the final Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research outreach event, The Science of Violence and Compassion, featuring Jeremy Richman of The Avielle Foundation.

    The event will consist of a presentation and a moderated discussion featuring Richman, Christopher Slobogin of the Vanderbilt Law School and Bruce Jennings of the Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society.

    7:00 PM at the Adventure Science Center at 800 Fort Negley Blvd.  This event is free and open to the public.

    Abstract for the event:

    Brain science is the least explored of all our sciences. As a result, there is a lot of fear, trepidation and stigma associated with the invisible world of brain illnesses (referred to as “mental illnesses”). People are afraid to advocate for themselves and their loved ones to get appropriate help in times of need. But the brain is just another organ, and as such, can be healthy or unhealthy. In this presentation we will discuss what is known in regard to risk factors for engaging in violent behavior and protective factors for building connection and compassion. At the Avielle Foundation, we seek to better understand the neuro-biological and environmental factors associated with violence and compassion. Once a deeper understanding has been established, we can apply these insights to educate the everyday citizen about how to identify the signs and symptoms of someone troubled or in crisis, how to responsibly advocate for those at risk of violence to themselves or others, and most importantly, how to foster kind, healthy, and compassionate individuals and communities.

    Contact: Denise Malone

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