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Colloquium Series

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.

Developmental origins of human aggression: A bio-psycho-social approach
Friday, October 26, 2018

Richard E. Tremblay, Ph.D.
Universitè de Montrèal

Prof. Tremblay conducts longitudinal and experimental studies on the cognitive, emotional, and social development of children, focusing on the development and prevention of antisocial and violent behavior and substance abuse.

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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.
Harvard University

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 Hospital.

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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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