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Andrew Baron named an 2013 APS Rising Star
In March, APS Began a multi-part series profiling Rising Stars in psychological science. This month, we highlight more young luminaries poised to revolutionize the field. In upcoming issues we will continue to profile these outstanding stars.

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Date Posted: 04/26/13

9th Annual Quinn Memorial Lecture

Professor Michael S. Gazzaniga

University of California, Santa Barbara

Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain

May 2, 5:00pm - CIRS 1250

To register: http://bit.ly/QUINN2013

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)
Modern Green Development Auditorium (Rm. 1250)
2260 West Mall, UBC Vancouver Campus
Following the lecture, please join us in the atrium for a reception honouring our distinguished speaker.
Due to limited capacity, please RSVP by Monday, April 29 and complete the brief registration form at the following link: http://bit.ly/QUINN2013
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Tanya Jakobsen at tanya.jakobsen@psych.ubc.ca or call 604-822-3244.

Professor Michael S. Gazzaniga is one of the world’s premiere neuroscientists. Born in Los Angeles, educated at Dartmouth College and California Institute of Technology, he is currently professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he heads the new SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind. Professor Gazzaniga conducts research on how the brain enables mind. Gazzaniga has made remarkable advances in our understanding of functional lateralization in the brain and how the cerebral hemispheres communicate with one another. He has published many books accessible to a lay audience, such as Mind Matters and Nature's Mind, which, along with his participation in the public television special, The Brain and The Mind, have been instrumental in making information about brain function and basic science generally accessible. His many scholarly publications include the landmark 1995 book for MIT Press, The Cognitive Neurosciences, now in its third edition, which is recognized as the sourcebook for the field. Professor Gazzaniga founded the field of Cognitive Neuroscience and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, of which he is currently the Editor-in-Chief.

"Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain"
The physio-chemical brain does enable the mind, and in so doing, the mind follows the physical laws of the universe just like all other matter. Because of this fact, some argue that we are all some kind of automatons, with no free will. The common assumption amongst scientists is that we know who and what we are only after the fact, after the nervous system has acted. This belief is palpably dominant in the intellectual community—the belief that we live in a completely determined universe. The belief seems to logically follow from all that we have learned about the nature of the universe. It has huge implications for how we humans will come to think about others and ourselves. In the area of justice, for example, if brains are machines, and a crime is committed when they fail, shouldn't we fix the machine instead of punishing the machine? Einstein bought determinism, as did Spinoza. Who are we to question it? Well, we all do! We all feel the tug of an insatiable desire to know more about the situation in which we humans find ourselves. I argue that even with all of the spectacular advances of mechanistic science, we are still left with another unshakeable fact: We are personally responsible agents and are to be held accountable for our actions, even though we live in a determined universe. 

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Date Updated: 04/19/13
Date Posted: 04/17/13

Michael Souza has been selected for a 2012-13 Killam Teaching Prize.
Michael Souza has been selected for a 2012-13 Killam Teaching Prize.


Date Posted: 04/15/13

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