[Parentsgroup-list] MBB Distinguished Lecture Series February 13-15, 2006 (fwd)

Christine Dianne Wenc wenc at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Jan 31 16:40:31 EST 2006

Hormones and reproduction ROCK!!!


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Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 12:35:18 -0500
From: Manus Patten <mpatten at oeb.harvard.edu>
To: mpatten at oeb.harvard.edu
Subject: MBB Distinguished Lecture Series February 13-15, 2006

MBB Distinguished Lecture Series - February 13, 14 & 15
Martha McClintock, Ph.D
University of Chicago

Dr. Martha K. McClintock is the David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished
Service Professor in Psychology at the University of Chicago. She is
the Director of the Institute for Mind and Biology, co-director of
the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Research (CIHDR),
and holds joint appointments in the Department of Psychology, the
Committee on Biopsychology, the College Committee on Evolutionary
Biology, the Committee on Neurobiology, and the Committee on Human
Development. She also teaches courses in the Social Psychology
Program. Dr. McClintock has been at the University of Chicago since

Embodying the Social Mind

Monday, February 13 / 5:00 pm / Yenching Auditorium, 2 Divinity Ave.

Sexuality and Fertility: Psychosocial Control of Hormones
Not only are reproductive hormones necessary for fertility and sexual
desire but, conversely, sexual and social behaviors modulate
reproductive hormones.  This reciprocal dynamic coordinates many
different aspects of reproduction with a supportive social and
physical environment, including ovulation, sex of offspring,
implantation, lactation and survival to weaning.

Tuesday, February 14 / 5:00 pm / Yenching Auditorium, 2 Divinity Ave.

Human Pheromones and Body Scents: Levels of Consciousness
Humans have body scents and pheromones, which affect other peoples
mood, sexual desire, social choices and cognitive processing. They
illuminate conceptual issues surrounding consciousness, because some
are detectable as odors, yet convey genetic information of which we
are unaware, while others operated well below the threshold of
conscious detection.

Wednesday, February 15 / 5:00 pm / Yenching Auditorium, 2 Divinity Ave.

Social Isolation, Aging, and Mortality:  Race Disparities in Breast Cancer
In rats, social isolation and hypervigilence increase the incidence
of mammary tumors, accelerate aging and shorten the life span.
Similar psychosocial mechanisms may underlie the striking health
disparity in which Black women are more likely to develop
pre-menopausal, aggressive and fatal breast cancer than are women in
other racial groups.

Lectures are open to the public.


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