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Innovators in Cognitive Neuroscience: September 29, 2021

Martha Farah

Martha Farah

Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences

University of Pennsylvania

Farah website

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Place: Zoom - https://dartmouth.zoom.us/j/91344134606?pwd=ZEZjR2Y0anN0aHpEbzVUT2FzU2tPdz09

Charitable cause: NARAL Pro-Choice America

Putting neuroscience to work to reduce the harms of poverty

Abstract: Is SES neuroscience the pipedream of neuroscientists who want to feel useful and who underestimate the complexity of poverty and its effects?  Or is it a promising new approach to understanding a refractory social problem, which could lead to new solutions?  In this talk I will use research from my own lab and others’ to argue that SES neuroscience is not a pipedream. For balance, I will highlight some of the interesting and non-obvious findings of SES neuroscience, as well as some challenges to scientific validity in this field and to the applicability of the science. Finally, I will attempt to forecast the ways in which practical solutions to the problems of poverty may emerge from SES neuroscience.