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Teen Science Café: The Science of Emotions
Thursday, September 24, 2015 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PMFree
FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Space is limited. This event is full – accepting wait list registrations only.
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6:00 pm – 6:20 pm: Dinner
6:20 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation & activities
Featured Speaker: Sandra J.E. Langeslag, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience Program, Neurocognition of Emotion and Motivation Lab, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri – St. Louis
You surely have felt happy, angry, afraid, and sad at times. What are emotions? And why do we have them? What happens in your brain when you experience an emotion? How can we even measure brain activation in living humans? Do our emotions only control us or can we also control our emotions? In this interactive and hands-on Teen Science Cafe you will learn the answers to these questions. You will also perform your own study about emotions.
Sandra Langeslag is from The Netherlands and she has a Ph.D. in Biological and Cognitive Psychology. The thing she loves about psychology is how it relates to everyday life experiences. Sandra moved to the US in 2011 and to St. Louis in 2014. She now works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis where she teaches psychology courses about emotions, memory, and the brain. She also conducts research in her lab. She studies how emotions affect the way we think, and how the way we think affects our emotions. She uses neuroimaging techniques to examine what happens in the brain when people experience emotions. When you think about it, it is pretty amazing that we can look at someone’s brain without cracking open their skull. Sandra also studies the neuroscience of romantic love, but she might talk about that topic some other time.