Neurohumanities Research Group, 2011-12
2011 - 2012
Co-conveners: Deborah Jenson (Romance Studies), Michael Platt (Neurobiology, School of Medicine / Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences), Richard Mooney (Neurobiology, School of Medicine)
Co-sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute & the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
The Neurohumanities Research Group (NRG) brings humanists and neuroscientists into sustained dialogue on issues that concern both groups equally but are researched and taught with different discourses, methodologies, and technologies. Although the divide between the humanities and the biological sciences is beginning to be crossed, the ultimate form and canon of what neurohumanities might be remains to be determined. We believe that Duke can be an international leader in this enterprise and powerfully shape the definition and scope of this new transdiscipline. The NRG will capitalize on Duke’s strengths in humanities, including the Franklin Humanities Institute, and the neurosciences, including the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, to develop a common language of discourse, generate new research questions, and create new educational initiatives exploring this now-approachable frontier.
For Fall 2011, the NRG has organized a series of events around the theme Reading and the Brain. Guest speakers include Mark Changizi, Stanislas Dehaene, and Natalie Phillips. Please see the right side bar for more information.