Interviews with Scientists

We interview our weekly seminar speakers and post excerpts from those interviews here.

This week: Kevin Zollman, PhD

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University
“What is the commonality that drives communication from humans all the way down into bacteria?” (12/7/18)


Felipe De Brigard PhD
Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Duke University
“I find the world wonderful…As a result, I guess I never lose motivation because its everywhere.” (11/16/18)

R. Alison Adcock, MD PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neurobiology, and Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University
“…Motivation changes people’s behavior and interaction with space, but it also changes the brain state.” (11/9/18)

Robert Hamilton, PhD
Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer, Neural Analytics
“I’ve always defined that we’ll be successful when we help that first patient, when that patient walks into our headquarters and says, “This device made a difference for me.”” (11/2/18)

David Barner, PhD
Professor of Psychology & Linguistics, University of California, San Diego
“If you just let yourself be wrong and accept that you’re wrong, that’s discovery, right? That’s when your expectations and what most people around you think likely should be true turns out to be false. That’s how science moves forward.” (10/19/18)

Brad Postle, PhD
Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Science is about following your bliss, right? It’s about taking advantage of accidents and unexpected developments and pursuing them.” (10/19/18)

Leah Somerville, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
“Do we offload [social feedback] and say, “Oh, it doesn’t matter what that person thinks of me,” or do we take those cues as very clear indicators of how we should see ourselves?”  (10/12/18)

Cendri Hutcherson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto
“What is it that leads us to be nice or to sacrifice or do something moral even when we’re tempted not to?” (9/27/18)

Adrianna (Anna) Jenkins, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
“I’m fascinated by the processes in the brain that enable us to transcend our own immediate, first-person perspective to imagine, predict, and make decisions about things that we haven’t seen, haven’t experienced, or can’t access directly.” (9/21/18)

Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Pennsylvania
“Pain is very mysterious and puzzling in how it works. From short-term pain to longer lasting pain—what’s going on in our nervous system? What are the changes that permit or allow these long-lasting pain states?” (9/14/18)

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