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Frontiers of BrainHealth Fall Series 2021

Where are the frontiers of brain science? Take a deep dive with leading experts. The Fall series in 2021 will be completely free of charge! Register for the full series, and attend as many talks as you like.

Join us each month for the latest insights on brain science innovations.

Please contact brainhealthevents@utdallas.edu with any questions. For more information, visit our events FAQ page.

Speaker Lineup

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Building Meaning Builds Teens’ Brains: Adolescents’ Narratives Predict Their Neural Development and Young Adult Wellbeing


Dr. Mary Immordino-Yang A major achievement of adolescent development is the capacity to integrate abstract cognitive construals with affective experiences to construct meaningful, transcendent narratives about one’s self and the world—coming to feel strongly about complex social issues. Dr. Immordino-Yang will discuss longitudinal, neuropsychological studies of the processes underlying such capacities, and the implications for innovation in education, adolescent mental health support, and juvenile justice.   

She is a Professor of Education at the USC Rossier School of Education and a Professor of Psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute.

Neuroscience and the Future of Management


Dr. Michael Platt Despite massive job losses during the COVID19 pandemic, a massive talent crunch looms. This shortfall, combined with the accelerated reshaping of the industry landscape, presents challenges, and opportunities for management. Dr. Platt will discuss new advances in the use of neuroscience and advanced analytics to address these challenges. Neuroanalytics offers greater precision in talent identification and training, as well as new approaches to enhancing team dynamics, employee onboarding, and developing a culture of innovation.  He is the James S. Riepe University Professor of University at Pennsylvania.

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The Cerebellum: Contributions to Cognition and Implications for Psychopathology


Dr. Jerillyn Kent Virtual Event

Dr. Kent reviews the accruing evidence of cerebellar contributions to higher-order cognitive functions. She will present her work investigating cerebellar abnormalities in individuals with psychotic disorders and briefly discuss evidence of transdiagnostic cerebellar abnormalities. She is an assistant professor at UT Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease among Diverse Populations


Dr. Sid O'Bryant Virtual & NOW, IN PERSON! Dr. O' Bryant is one of the world's leading experts in blood-based biomarkers of Alzheimer's. A major goal of his research is the identification and elimination of health disparities in Alzheimer's disease faced by underserved communities. In this talk, he will cover the must updated data regarding AD biomarkers across these three racial/ethnic groups as well as discuss the implications for novel clinical trials. As well as share the data access link as the data is freely available to the global scientific community.

He is Professor and Executive Director, Institute for Translational Research at University of North Texas Health Science Center. 

Dr. Sid O'Bryant will be talking in person at:

Center for BrainHealth 2200 West Mockingbird Lane Dallas, TX 75235 972.883.3400

Registration includes in-person or virtual attendance. Lunch is provided.

The Psychology of Group Membership: A Social, Cultural, and Affective Neuroscience Perspective


Dr. BoKyung Park Virtual Event People have a tendency to protect their positive evaluation about ingroup members, ignoring new negative information about them. People also have a tendency to behave more favorably towards their ingroup members. Dr. Park will discuss the computational and neural underpinnings of these effects, advocating emotional expression from others as one of the important cues to signal group membership.  

She is assistant professor at UT Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

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Intersections of the Brain and Technology


Dr. Lin Lin Virtual Event The disruption, innovation, explosion, and merging of devices and technologies are rapidly changing the landscape of education and life-long learning. Emerging technologies, equipped with artificial intelligence, offer excitements and anxieties – they can expand human capacity, but they can also weaken and challenge human capacity for learning and being. Dr. Lin Lin will discuss how we learn, and how to help people learn with technologies based on research in instructional design and learning sciences.

Dr. Lin currently serves as Director for the Texas Center for Educational Technology (TCET), and Development Editor-in-Chief of the journal Educational Technology Research and Development.