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Do You Get Goosebumps...


Wednesday, March 18, 2009
8:00 PM–10:00 PM

Acclaimed author R.L. Stine continues to send shivers down children’s spines through the more than 300 million copies of his books in readers’ hands worldwide. Here the “Stephen King of children’s literature” sits down with NYU neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux (The Emotional Brain), a leading researcher on fear, to discuss how terror is registered in the brain.
Joseph E. LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science and University Professor at NYU. His work has focused on the study of the neural basis of emotions, especially fear and anxiety, and has elaborated in detail how the brain detects and responds to danger, and learns and forms memories about threats. He is the author of The Emotional Brain. LeDoux sits on the editorial board of several journals and has given the Society for Neuroscience Presidential Lecture. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.?
LeDoux is also a member of The Amygdaloids, a group of scientists that plays original rock music about mind, brain, and mental disorders, the lyrics of which are often inspired by their research. Since the band was formed in 2006 they have played at Madison Square Garden, the John F. Kennedy Center, the 92nd Street Y, and numerous rock clubs in NYC. The Amygdaloids released their first CD, Heavy Mental, in 2008 and are scheduled to release Brainstorm this March, which will be available for purchase after the program.