Richard Davidson: Where is the Compassion for Primates? The Emotional Life of Your Brain

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 – 7:00pm – 8:30pm
UW–Madison Union South, Varsity Hall, 1308 West Dayton St.
Madison

Dr. Davidson and his collaborators have used rhesus monkeys as models of human neurophysiology and emotional response since 1992 when he and fellow UW–Madison researchers Ned H. Kalin and Steven E. Shelton published “Lateralized effects of diazepam on frontal brain electrical asymmetries in rhesus monkeys.”[6] In 2004 the same group published further results the role of the central nucleus of the amygdala in mediating fear and anxiety in the primate.[7] In 2007, Drs Kalin, Shelton & Davidson reported that experimental lesions of adolescent rhesus monkeys’ orbitofrontal cortex resulted in “significantly decreased threat-induced freezing and marginally decreased fearful responses to a snake.

It is unlikely that Dr. Davidson will discuss his invasive experiments with rhesus monkeys.

Instead Dr. Davidson will “give us a new and useful way to look at ourselves, develop a sense of well-being, and live more meaningful lives.”

If this seems contradictory to you, congratulations, you have a well functioning sense of compassion for all beings.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 – 7:00pm – 8:30pm
UW–Madison Union South, Varsity Hall, 1308 West Dayton St.
Madison

The Emotional Life of Your Brain | wisconsinacademy.org.

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One thought on “Richard Davidson: Where is the Compassion for Primates? The Emotional Life of Your Brain

  1. May I suggest a further resource to learn more about empathy and compassion.
    The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy
    The Culture of Empathy website is the largest internet portal for resources and information about the values of empathy and compassion. It contains articles, conferences, definitions, experts, history, interviews,  videos, science and much more about empathy and compassion.
    http://CultureOfEmpathy.com

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