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Get Your BLUEMiND On: Exploring the Neuroscience of Our Emotional Connection to Water, the Sea and Our Natural World

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1 hour 32 minutes 8 seconds

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Cognitive Psychology | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Environmental Education | Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Environmental Monitoring | Marine Biology | Neuroscience and Neurobiology | Sustainability


In this public lecture, nationally renowned marine biologist and activist Dr. Wallace J. Nichols speaks on environmental issues tied to the ocean. Nichols discusses his work with sea turtles and the BLUEMiND project, which connects ocean science and cognitive science in an emerging field he terms "neuro-conservation." By mapping how brains work in response to certain events (such as looking at the sea), scientists can help people understand how and why we love the experience. Nichols also discusses the Blue Marbles Project, a non-profit effort committed to using a blue marble as a metaphor for our planet, as well as other projects that incorporate his philosophy of participatory science, social networking/community organizing, and creative communication to inspire a healthier relationship with the sea.


Sponsored by the T.J. Day Interdisciplinary Initiative Fund, the Linfield College Philosophy Department, the Linfield College English Department, the Linfield College Psychology Department, the Linfield College History Department, the Linfield College Biology Department, and the Linfield College Environmental Studies Department.