Theme Programs

Emotional Ups and Downs: Experiencing, Self-Regulating, and Capitalizing On Affect

Yerba Buena 8, Saturday, May 23, 2009, 1:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Gene-Environment Interplay in Stress and Health

Yerba Buena 7, Sunday, May 24, 2009, 1:00 PM - 4:50 PM

The Architecture of the Mind

Yerba Buena 8, Saturday, May 23, 2009, 9:00 AM - 12:50 PM


Emotional Ups and Downs: Experiencing, Self-Regulating, and Capitalizing On Affect

Yerba Buena 8, Saturday, May 23, 2009, 1:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Emotions shape nearly every aspect of human life, from individual to group experiences; from behavior to physiology; from risk to resilience and health. Scientists on the forefront of diverse areas of psychology are not only interested in research on affect - how emotions are experienced - but also the beneficial elements of managing emotions. Speakers will present cutting-edge research from social, organizational, cognitive, neural, and developmental perspectives underscoring the role of emotions in the human experience.

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Gene-Environment Interplay in Stress and Health

Yerba Buena 7, Sunday, May 24, 2009, 1:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Genes and environmental stressors such as poverty, maltreatment, or adverse social conditions influence one another in complex and subtle ways to affect health and behavior. In the past few years, scientists have made great strides in understanding the many forms of gene-environment interplay across psychology and neuroscience. The speakers will present cutting edge-research on gene-environment interactions, gene expression, and gene-environment correlations in health, personality, and psychopathology.

Sponsored by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health.

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The Architecture of the Mind

Yerba Buena 8, Saturday, May 23, 2009, 9:00 AM - 12:50 PM

Scientists have long tackled the problem of the framework and function of the mind, and recently there have been dramatic breakthroughs in this area. Modern research techniques coupled with theoretical advances have brought us much closer to a blueprint for the architecture of the mind. In this program, a diverse set of speakers representing psychology, neuroscience, and anthropology will address the state of the science, discussing their work on emotional and social development, language and concept formation, and executive function in order to reveal how mind and behavior are structured and how this architecture is acquired over time.

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Walter Mischel