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Lunch Talks: Race, Behavior, and the Brain: Impacts and Challenges of Using Race in Neuroscience Research

April 28, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Oliver Rollins, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Penn Program for Race, Science & Society (PRSS). Rollins received his Ph.D. in medical sociology from UCSF. His dissertation research examined neuroscience research on the determinants of violence and aggression, and the continued controversies, rebuttals and uncertainties surrounding research on and interventions for violent and criminal behaviors. His next research project will explore the social and ethical implications of neuroimaging research on implicit and racial bias. In particular, it will focus on: how neuroscientists conceptualize and use race, the neurobiological relationships between bias behaviors and race, and the potential impacts such research has on practices of law enforcement, health care, and education.

In this talk, Rollins will focus on the social and ethical implications for neuroscience research in terms of race. In particular, he will discuss how race gets defined and operationalized in neuroscience research on social behaviors, and the continued legacies and current social challenges for understanding the impacts of and uses for race in biomedical and scientific research.

Our series of Informal Brown Bag Lunch Talks take place from 12:00-1:15pm and are held in Room 523, Goddard Labs, 3710 Hamilton Walk. Please help us accommodate  your attendance by sending a rsvp to: info@neuroethics.upenn.edu.


April 28, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Room 523, Goddard Labs
3710 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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