Science by the Pint

Our SbtP events in December feature…

Drazen Prelec
Neuroeconomics: Where Economics, Management, and Cognitive Neuroscience Intersect

Thursday, December 1, 6:30-8:30pm at Aeronaut Brewery (14 Tyler Street, Somerville) (directions)

Dr. Drazen Prelec is a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He leads the Neuroeconomics Lab, a multidisciplinary research center studying problems at the intersection of economics, management and cognitive neuroscience. His research deals with the psychology and neuroscience of decision-making, including behavioral economics and neuroeconomics, risky choice, time discounting, self-control, and consumer behavior. He works on both the development of normative decision theory and the exploration of the empirical failures of that theory, using behavioral and fMRI methods.

Nadine Gaab
Linking Music, Reading, and Cognitive Function in the Developing Brain

Monday, December 12, 6:30-8:30pm at The Burren (247 Elm Street, Somerville) (directions)

The Gaab Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital investigates typical and atypical language and reading development from infancy to childhood. The lab utilizes neuroimaging tools to study brain structure and function throughout development, which aims to further inform our understanding of language-based learning disabilities such as developmental dyslexia. The Gaab Lab works on a series of basic and translational research questions to determine the most effective practices for early identification of children at risk for dyslexia. Current projects in the lab explore whether early signs of dyslexia may detected in the brain even before children begin learning to read (in infants and pre-schoolers), investigate which brain regions may serve as compensatory mechanisms that may support reading development, and also examine connections between musical training and language and reading abilities. The lab brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the fields of neuroscience, psychology and education, with clinicians in various fields such as pediatric neurology and speech-language pathology.

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