Dr. Sarah Strand on "The Neurobiology of Morality"



SarahStrandThis month we feature Dr. Sarah Strand speaking on "The Neurobiology of Morality."


Until recently, morality and religion have been closely linked. From well before the time of the ancient Greek philosophers, religion has guided our moral judgments. Contemporary moral psychologists provide compelling evidence that humans – whether male or female, atheist or religious, American or Aboriginal – make remarkably similar moral judgments. So if religion doesn't guide our moral judgments, what does? Presenting data from human and non-human studies, Dr. Strand shows that regions in the frontal and temporal lobes form a “moral network,” which are active when making moral judgments.  Further, morality is subject to evolutionary mechanisms in much the same way as physical and behavioral traits.


Beginning with “Evolution of Religion,” Dr. Sarah Strand has guided audiences on a neurobiological tour of religion and religious phenomenon. This is the third talk in a 3-part series by Dr. Strand.


Dr. Sarah Strand teaches in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Sacramento. She received her Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2006 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


When: Sunday, April 12th at 3:00


Location: Audre Lorde Room (Second Floor), Women's Building, 3543 18th (at Valencia), San FranciscoAnd please accompany us to dinner after the meeting. We go to the Big Lantern, 3170 16th St. (between Valencia & Guerrero)


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Cost: $6 Renting a meeting room means we must charge admittance. We would appreciate exact change if convenient. Most of all we want you to join us for this talk.


Note: The Women's Building is three blocks from the Mission 16th St. BART. If you don't know the neighborhood we suggest that as you reach the top of the stairs from BART, turn right and walk a few yards to 16th. Then turn left on 16th Street and walk to Valencia, then turn left on Valencia to 18th St.


Parking: Garage at 3255 21st Street (at Lexington)


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