Columbia University in the City of New York

Nov 20, 20174:15 pm

Seminars in Society and Neuroscience: Metaphors and Models

November 20th, 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm at Faculty House, Columbia University

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This event explores the conceptual force of metaphors in neuroscience.  How do metaphors shape how we think and communicate? How are they represented in the brain? To answer these questions, this event engages with the everyday persistence of these rhetorical tools by examining scientific studies of metaphor use and metaphors in scientific discourse.  Featuring perspectives from neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, and philosophy, our speakers probe the distinction between metaphors and models that emerge from thinking and reasoning.  These models are further taken up in different social and political circumstances and are used to describe a range of phenomenon from mental health to climate change that articulate and obscure our efforts to make sense of the world.


Dedre Genter, Director of Cognitive Science Program, Northwestern University

Stephen Flusberg, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Purchase College, SUNY


Stephen Casper, Associate Professor of History, Clarkson University

Additional speakers to be announced shortly.


The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Science and Society and Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience as part of the Seminars in Society and Neuroscience series. Free and open to the public.

Venue: Faculty House, Columbia University
64 Morningside Dr. | New York, NY 10027

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