The G.V.R. Khodadad Lecture Series
Started in 2014, the G.V.R. Khodadad Lecture is a yearly endowed lecture series intended for the
Tufts community on the topics of the psychological and
biological underpinnings of excessive (pathological) selfishness
and aggressive behavior.
Genes, Brain and Behavior in Human Reactive Aggression
Friday October 6, 2017
Nelly Alia-Klein, Ph.D.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Nelly Alia-Klein uses gene-brain-behavior modeling to predict anger
and reactive aggression in patients with conditions such as
Intermittent Explosive Disorder. One of her goals is to better
understand and treat anger attacks in psychiatric disorders. Her
research probes select genotypes and their effects on brain function
through application of MRI and PET brain imaging technology. Dr.
Alia-Klein is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at
the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and
co-chief of the Neuropsychoimaging of Addiction and Related
Conditions (NARC) research program.
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Brains Breaking Badly: The Neuroscience of Self-Control Failure
Friday, October 28, 2016
Joshua W. Buckholtz, Ph.D.
Why can't some people stop themselves from doing things that are bad for
them, or that hurt others?
Impulsivity, the inability to exert self-control, is a core symptom across
the entire spectrum of mental illness. It is notoriously difficult to treat and
there are few effective therapies. Joshua Buckholtz uses neuroimaging,
personality and behavioral assessment, and genomics to study how genes and
environments affect brain function and impulsive decision-making in drug
addiction, aggression, psychopathy, and personality disorders. Dr. Buckholtz is
an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and director of the
Systems Neuroscience of Psychopathology Laboratory (SNPlab), and serves on the
faculty of the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General
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A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach to Reactive and Instrumental Aggression
Friday, October 2, 2015
Dr. James Blair
Chief of the Unit on Affective Cognitive Neuroscience, National Institute of Mental Health
James Blair's research seeks to understand the neuro-cognitive systems
mediating affect in humans and how these become dysfunctional in mood and
anxiety disorders, focusing on youth with conduct disorders. He uses techniques
from cognitive neuroscience (both neuropsychology and functional imaging),
psychopharmacology and, more recently, molecular genetics. Dr. Blair received a
doctoral degree in Psychology from University College London and was awarded a
Wellcome Trust Mental Health Research Fellowship, after which he moved to the
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London. He joined the
NIMH Intramural Research Program in 2002.
The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime
Friday, October 24, 2014
Professor Adrian Raine
Richard Perry University Professor of Criminology and Psychiatry, The University of Pennsylvania
Professor Raine's research explores the interaction between social and
biological factors in predisposing to crime, as well as biological treatments
for aggressive and antisocial behavior and the development of psychopathy,
conduct disorders, and violence. He uses structural and functional brain imaging
and other techniques to study antisocial behavior from neuroscience,
developmental, social, ethical, and legal perspectives.
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