Past Event

Neuroculture: Dual Affinities – 4 Artists who Study the Brain

March 13, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Ave., New York, NY

A writer studying the science of dog-human relationships, a musician studying bird-song, a director studying visual processing, and a choreographer studying Parkinson’s Disease – are neuroscience and the arts natural bed-fellows?

Tickets cost $16 for general public, free for Baruch students; please purchase on the event website.

Panelists include:

Julie Hecht has conducted research on dog behavior, cognition, and common anthropomorphisms with the Family Dog Project at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and at the Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College and studies Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, and pens the “Dog Spies” blog on Scientific American.

Cecilia Fontanesi is a dancer, certified movement analyst, neuroscientist, and dance/movement therapist. She graduated from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS (New York), and is completing her PhD in Biology – Neuroscience at CUNY Graduate Center. She is a founding member of Parcon NYC, a collective of dancers and movers dedicated to challenging our connection to the environment and social relationships, through play, movement, touch, and reflection and works with people that live with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, facilitating movement experiences that promote integration, sense of agency, self-efficacy, connectedness, and well-being.

Eathan Janney, Ph.D. is an alumnus of the CUNY graduate center. He earned his doctorate in 2015 with a project exploring the musical properties of birdsong. With a diverse set of interests and talents, he inhabits many worlds, from the arts, as a resident the at Djerassi Resident Artist Program, to business , as a startup entrepreneur building an online interactive educational platform for piano technicians.

Ted Altschuler is Director of Baruch Performing Arts Center.  A theater and opera director, he earned his PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the Graduate Center, CUNY.  He conducted research in developmental visual processing in humans and Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Tishman Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

This event is part of the Brain Awareness Week Program.