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Presentation by Dr. Dacher Keltner: The Age of Emotion Science: Insights from Computational Approaches and a Case Study of Awe

October 5th, 2022

1pm ET / 10am PT

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Dacher Keltner ( is a Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center ( Dacher’s research focuses on the biological and cultural evolution of compassion, awe, love, beauty, and humility, as well as power, social class, and inequality (

Dacher is the author of many scientific articles and several books, including Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence, and AWE: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How it Can Transform Your Life (

Dacher has won many research, teaching, and service awards, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has consulted for Apple, Pinterest, Google, the Sierra Club, and was a scientific consultant for Pixar’s Inside Out and Soul and for the Center for Constitutional Rights in its work to outlaw solitary confinement.


Congratulations to Mia Anthony!

Congratulations to Mia Anthony, a senior PhD student at University of Rochester, on receiving a two-year NIH fellowship to examine positive affective experience as a mechanism for explaining how some older adults with neurodegeneration maintain intact cognitive function. 


Recently Bob Kaplan, PhD (a NEW Brain Aging Advisory Board member) published "Ontologies in the Behavioral Sciences: Accelerating Research and the Spread of Knowledge."

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Past Network Events

2022 Travel Fellowships Available

The NEW Brain Aging Center is pleased to provide Travel Fellowships for SFN’s Neuroscience 2022 Conference taking place from November 12-16th  2022 in San Diego, CA.

Presentation by Dr. Yi Zuo: Stress effects on cortical circuits: impact, prevention, and rescue

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Dr. Yi Zuo received B.S. in Biology from Tsinghua University in China, and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Northwestern University in the United States. She received postdoctoral training at New York University and the University of Texas at Austin, before joining the faculty of the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at University of California Santa Cruz in 2007. Dr. Zuo received the Committee on Women in Neuroscience Career Development Award in 2006 and was a Sloan Fellow (2007), an Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar (2007), and a finalist for the Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists (2015). She has been teaching the Neurobiology summer course at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA since 2006, and directing the Advanced Neuroimaging Techniques winter course at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience since 2016. Dr. Zuo’s lab studies how experiences affect mammalian neural circuits through synaptic modifications, and investigates its implications for neurological and psychiatric disorders, using in vivo structural and functional imaging, mouse genetics, and mouse behavioral analysis. 


2022 Pilot Award Program Awardees Announced!

We are please to announce this year's Pilot Award Program awardees are Adam Turnbull, PhD of the University of Rochester and Ju Lu, PhD of UC Santa Cruz. To learn more about their projects please find more info linked below.

Presentation by Dr. Sarah Garfinkel: Clinical Neuroscience and the Heart-Brain Axis

Sarah Garfinkel is Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, where she leads the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Group. She completed her PhD in Experimental Psychology the University of Sussex, before undergoing a fellowship in Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. Her current work focuses on brain-body interactions underlying emotion and cognition, with a particular focus on the heart. Adopting a translational perspective, she investigates altered cardiac-neural mechanisms in different clinical conditions. In September 2018, Sarah was named by the journal Nature as one of 11 "Rising Star" researchers, across all STEM disciplines internationally. Sarah is also involved in the public engagement of science where she contributes to science programmes on BBC TV and radio.


February 2, 2022

2pm ET


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Neuroimaging and Brain Aging Virtual Workshop

December 15th, 2021


11am-5:30pm ET
8am-2:30pm PT


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The objective of this workshop is to introduce the principles and applications of neuroimaging techniques for the study of brain aging. This workshop is aimed towards students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty who are new to the field and who are interested in an orientation on neuroimaging and brain aging research. 

View our list of speakers and workshop schedule here: 

FOA - NEW Brain Aging Pilot Project Award Program 2022

Application Due December 1st,  2021 at 11:59 CT

More Info Here:

NEW Brain Aging Pilot Project Awards are intended to develop novel research infrastructure and projects that will advance the science of EWB and brain aging in specific areas requiring interdisciplinary partnerships or collaborations. They will serve two primary purposes. First, we seek to expand the quality, quantity, and translational impact of research into the mechanistic relationships between brain structure and function on one hand and EWB in older adults on the other. Second, we  intend to engage investigators new to the study of brain aging and EWB – both those who are early in their careers and have yet to define a topic area for their programs of study as well as investigators who have established research programs in other areas that they can productively extend to include NEW Brain Aging topics.

Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting:
Symposium Presentation

GSA: November 10-14th, 2021





November 11th from 12-1:30pm MT


Drs. Robert Kaplan, Kuan Hong Wang, Feng Vankee Lin, Yeates Conwell, and Janine Simmons.​