BINGHAMTON, NY – Jaak Panksepp, Baily Endowed Professor of Animal Well-Being Science at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University will host a discussion titled, “The Social Affective Foundations of Mind: From Psychic Pain to Primal Joy,” at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in room G-008 of the Academic A building, on campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Panksepp will discuss how basic emotional feelings are created in the brain, with a focus on feelings of sadness/grief and playful-joy. Among the psychiatric disorders, this work has helped illuminate ADHD, autism and depression, and provide novel strategies for therapeutics.

 Panksepp has published hundreds of articles, chapters and reviews devoted to elucidating the basic mechanisms of motivations and emotions, as well as the fundamental nature of consciousness and self-representation in the brain.

This discussion is sponsored by the Binghamton University Evolutionary Studies Program (EvoS), Department of English, General Literature and Rhetoric, and the Neuroscience Club.

For additional information, contact Hadassah Head at evos@binghamton.edu.