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Mind Lecture Series

For Immediate Release:
February 01, 2008

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Mind Lecture Series

Dr. Temple Grandin (January 17), Dr. Paul Ekman (January 26) and
Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (February 9) are among Renowned Psychologists To Speak January 17, 26 and February 2, 9, and 23, 2008

Celebrated autism expert Dr. Temple Grandin, human facial expression and emotion expert Dr. Paul Ekman

Dr. Temple Grandin

(named one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century by the American Psychological Association); and “Flow” (Optimal Experience) researcher Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, are among the renowned psychologists featured in the Exploratorium’s upcoming five-event Mind Lecture Series beginning January 17 and continuing through February 2008. The lecture series is presented in conjunction with the opening of Mind, a major new Exploratorium collection, four years in the making, made possible by the National Science Foundation. At the exhibition, visitors experience their own thoughts, feelings and actions in provocative and unexpected ways. Lectures (and the exhibition) are included in the price of admission. Lectures are free, although reservations are required. To reserve tickets, go to www.ticketweb.com. The Mind Lecture Series is as follows:

Thursday, January 17, 2008
Autism, Visual Thinking, Animal Behavior, and Design
By Dr. Temple Grandin
McBean Theater, 7pm

This is a special evening with world-renowned author and animal scientist, Dr. Temple Grandin, as she shares her insights on human and animal minds. Persons with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) are often extremely sensitive to external stimuli and see aspects of the visual world that others fail to notice. Dr. Grandin, who is herself autistic, believes this capacity to “see the actual things themselves” places autistic individuals in a unique position to understand the ways animals think.

Temple Grandin, Ph.D. is the author of several best-selling books, including The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries through the Unique Perspectives of Autism, Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior, and Thinking in Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism. She is Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. A pioneer in increasing the public's understanding of autism and animal behavior, she draws from her experiences with autism to design humane livestock facilities and to articulate the singular ways in which individuals with autism experience the world.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
In Search Of Universals In Human Emotion: The New Guinea Expedition
A Conversation with Dr. Paul Ekman and Dr. Robert Levenson
McBean Theater, 2pm

In the late 1960s, acclaimed psychologist Dr. Paul Ekman began an influential study on human facial expressions. His research among the Fore -- an isolated New Guinean tribe with whom the developed world had just made contact -- captured the universality of expressions linked to key emotions. This work strongly suggested that emotional facial expressions are biologically determined, as Darwin had predicted.

To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of his first expedition, Dr. Ekman and UC Berkeley’s Dr. Robert Levenson discuss emotion research and its implications. The talk includes photographs and never-before-seen footage from Dr. Ekman’s fieldwork.

Dr. Paul Ekman is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at UCSF and Director of the Paul Ekman Group, LLC. He was named by the American Psychological Association as one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century. Ekman has written many books, including The Nature of Emotion (1994), What the Face Reveals (1997), Telling Lies (1985), and Emotions Revealed (2003). Articles reporting on Dr. Ekman's work have appeared in Time, Smithsonian, Psychology Today, the New Yorker, and other magazines, both American and foreign. Numerous articles about his work have also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other national newspapers. Dr. Ekman has appeared on 48 Hours, Dateline, Good Morning America, 20/20, Larry King, Oprah, Johnny Carson, and many other TV programs. He has also been featured on various public television programs such as News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and Bill Moyers' The Truth About Lying.

Dr. Robert Levenson is Director and Principal Investigator of the Berkeley Psychophysiology Laboratory at UC Berkeley, which researches human emotion.

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Art, Emotion and the Brain
Panel Discussion Hosted by Pireeni Sundaralingam
McBean Theater, 2pm

How do artists affect our emotions? How do our emotional reactions inform art? Join prize-winning war photographer Smith Patrick, Royal Shakespeare Company director Rob Clare, film composer William Susman, and neuroscientist Pireeni Sundaralingam in a symposium on the mood-altering powers of music, drama, and visual art.

Host Pireeni Sundaralingam likes hiking around on the Nabokovian ridge where "scientific knowledge meets artistic imagination." Educated at Oxford, she has held national fellowships in both cognitive science and poetry, and was the founding director of the Number Perception Laboratory at California State University, Los Angeles.

Saturday, February 9, 2008
The Creative Person and The Creative Context
A Talk with Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
McBean Theater, 2pm

When do you feel creative? Where does creativity come from? From inkling to invention, follow the course of imagination with the foremost authority on positive psychology and flow, Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He’ll review the common traits of creative people and introduce the “Systems Model” of creativity, which describes the types of environments that foster innovation.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is C.S. and D.J. Davidson Professor of Psychology and Management and Director of The Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont Graduate University. He has written several books, including the best-selling Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience and Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. He is a member of the American Academy of Education, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Leisure Sciences.

Saturday, February 23, 2008
21st Century Brain: How Neuroscience is Changing the Way We Shop, Vote, and Pay Taxes
Panel Discussion Hosted by Pireeni Sundaralingam
McBean Theater, 2pm

What makes us choose one beauty product over another, or one presidential candidate over another? How free is our free will in the 21st century? Dr. Joshua Freedman of FKF Applied Research and Hans Lee of EmSense join neuroscientist Pireeni Sundaralingam to examine how retail companies, economic think tanks, and political campaign organizers use neuroscience to change the ways we think and feel.

Host Pireeni Sundaralingam likes hiking around on the Nabokovian ridge where "scientific knowledge meets artistic imagination." Educated at Oxford, she has held national fellowships in both cognitive science and poetry, and was the founding director of the Number Perception Laboratory at California State University, Los Angeles.


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Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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