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The asset of vulnerability in leadership through the eyes of a transgender executive -Angela Matthes

Angela Matthes Former CEO of Baloise Life (Liechtenstein) AG The asset of vulnerability in leadership through the eyes of a transgender executive The speaker talks about her transition, the experience of vulnerability in her conversations and how vulnerability is an aspect of female leadership that is an important resource in a world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity. Creating an environment where everyone can be authentic will also become a high energy environment.

How emotions relate to disease: gender and sex in medicine - Antonella Santuccione Chada

Antonella Santuccione Chadha Women's Brain Project (WBP), Zürich How emotions relate to disease: gender and sex in medicine The paper provides an excursus on the growing interest in the study of sexual and gender characteristics in medicine and healthcare. Moving from a Caucasian male-centric approach, the field is moving towards a more inclusive one, based on the recognition that diseases can differ between males and females in different domains: epidemiology, clinical manifestations, disease progression, prognosis, response to treatment. and care among others.

Beauty and the brain: a view from the body - Beatrice de Gelder

Beatrice de Gelder Maastricht University Beauty and the brain: a view from the body The human body is omnipresent in Western art. Over the centuries, art theorists and philosophers have offered various explanations to explain how and why representations of the human body affect the viewer. Studies on the representation of the body and its emotional expressions in the brain are relatively recent. This intervention shows how contributions from brain studies can improve understanding of the perception of the human body and its role in the arts.

Nature vs nurture: parents promoting survival - Bianca Jones Marlin

Bianca Jones Marlin Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University Nature vs nurture: parents promoting survival The intervention investigates the relationship between the innate and the learned. An organism can unlock innate behavior at the right moment (maternal instinct) and the information learned is passed on to subsequent generations through the paternal transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. It has been found that a learned behavior from the parent can essentially become an innate behavior in the offspring.

New York University Center for Neural Science - Cristina Alberini

Cristina Alberini New York University Center for Neural Science How emotions shape memories Emotions have a significant influence on cognitive processes, including perception, attention, learning, memory, reasoning and problem solving. We will see how emotions regulate long-term memory processes and the underlying biology, for example, we remember more and better life events that formed under strong emotions. Emotions also affect memory storage and retrieval, as well as subsequent updating and behaviors.

When love turns sour - Donatella Marazziti

Donatella Marazziti Psychiatrist at the University of Pisa, Saint Camillus - Unicamillus University Roma and BrF, Lucca When love turns sour Love can be troublesome. When love is there it is a source of great joy, but sometimes it makes us suffer and can lead to harassing behaviors such as emotional dependence, jealousy, the inability to accept the end of it with stalking. We must learn to love in the right ways.

Behind beauty: choise in biological and cultural evolution - Eva Jablonka

Eva Jablonka Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv and Social Science London School of Economics, London University Behind beauty: choise in biological and cultural evolution Our assessment of beauty in art and science is based on cultural prejudices and constructions. It is argued that discrimination between complex patterns often perceived as beautiful is one of the hallmarks of consciousness and its evolution has been shaped by social and sexual choices. However, human art and science are predominantly shaped by historical processes.

Social emotions: is empathy a gender issue? - Giorgia Silani

Giorgia Silani Universität Wien Social emotions: is empathy a gender issue? Empathy, the ability to understand and share another person's feelings is a crucial element for the success of social interactions and well-being. Social neuroscience has begun to shed light on the neural mechanisms underlying the brain's empathic responses. An overview of the state of the art of empathy brain research is offered, focusing on two questions: 1) What are the behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying empathic responses? 2) Does gender affect our ability to empathize with other people?

Art as a trigger of emotions in Marcel Proust’s Recherche - Hanna Monyer

Hannah Monyer EBRI & University Hospital and German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg Art as a trigger of emotions in Marcel Proust’s Recherche The talk addresses the issue of the bidirectional interaction between memory and emotions, comparing experimental data from neuroscience and passages from the “Recherche” to illustrate how memories are generated, consolidated and recalled. With the meticulousness and precision of a scientist, Proust with his text offers a splendid example of how memories and emotions modulate each other in a bidirectional way.

L’arte come detonatore di emozioni nella Recherche di Proust - Hanna Monyer

Il talk affronta il tema dell'interazione bidirezionale tra memoria ed emozioni, confrontando dati sperimentali provenienti dalle neuroscienze e brani della “Recherche” per illustrare come si generano, si consolidano e si richiamano i ricordi. Con la meticolosità e la precisione di uno scienziato, Proust con il suo testo offre uno splendido esempio di come ricordi ed emozioni si modulano a vicenda in modo bidirezionale.

Repressed emotions and PTSD - Hermona Soreq

Hermona Soreq The edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Repressed emotions and PTSD Repressed emotions have great power and can accelerate the anxiety-inflammation circuit and we are subjected to continuous stress. Understanding the mechanisms of these processes can help us manage PTSD.

Helping others in distress: neural networks involved in empathy - Inbal Ben Ami

Inbal Ben Ami Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University Helping others in distress: neural networks involved in empathy What are the neural underpinnings of vicarious pain/distress processing and how this can lead to pro-social behavior. Common evolutionary roots with other mammals and research on rats are presented.

Emotions in the art of mnemonics - Lina Bolzoni

Lina Bolzoni Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa, Accademia dei Lincei Emotions in the art of mnemonics Emotions play an essential role in the tradition of the art of memory. It is a question of fixing in the mind an ordered path of places, of associating images to each of them which will then allow to return the memories that have been entrusted to them. The images must be imagines agentes, that is, images capable of acting on emotions, for example on eros, fear or horror. We will show some examples of how all this works, from Quintilian's rhetoric to Dante's Comedy, to Giordano Bruno's magic.

Emotions: a tool box - Maya Tamir

Maya Tamir Department of Psychology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Emotions: a tool box Emotions are tools that guide us in the right directions, but they don't determine our actions. Emotions are complex information and are one of the many signals we have: we can manage them to feel better, act better, be better. Emozioni: una cassetta degli strumenti Le emozioni sono strumenti che ci guidano nelle giuste direzioni, ma non determinano le nostre azioni. Le emozioni sono informazioni complesse e sono uno tra i molti segnali che abbiamo: possiamo gestirle per sentirci meglio, agire meglio, essere migliori.

The rewarding effect of beauty in the brain - Merav Ahissar

Merav Ahissar ELSC Center for Brain Research, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem The rewarding effect of beauty in the brain Is there a specific “beauty” region in the brain? And if so – what triggers it - innate golden ratios, or cultural nurturing, experience-based characteristics? Is extreme beauty (sublime) equivalent to greater beauty or does it yield other types of responses? I will discuss these issues based on recent behavioral and brain studies.

Emotions, between biases and paradoxes: a neuroscientific perspective - Michela Balconi

Micaela Balconi International Research Center for Cognitive Applied Neuroscience (IRCCAN), Università Cattolica Milano and Brescia Emotions, between biases and paradoxes: a neuroscientific perspective Emotions pervade every aspect of our existence. An essential starting point when studying emotions is that emotion is an experience even before a process, an experience that finds some unique specificities in the "gender" differences; an experience in which we are involved throughout the entire course of our life. The goal is therefore to understand emotional experience from a neuroscientific perspective, which highlights the role of the physiological systems involved in the variegated universe of emotions.

How to reduce fear by social support - Mouna Maroun

Mouna Maroun Sagol Center, Haifa University How to reduce fear by social support Once fear memory is formed, its reduction is a slow process that can be best achieved by extinction training. The adult animals that form fear memories can extinguish these memories faster in pairs (social condition) and this acceleration of fear is dependent on prefrontal oxytocin.

Do men and women have different brains? - Pamela Agazzi

Pamela Agazzi Neurocenter of Southern Switzerland, EOC Lugano Do men and women have different brains? Are male and female brains different? The notions we have about these differences are based on studies that are criticized for their limitations and difficulties of interpretation. Indeed, the complexity of gender identity arises from the interplay between different aspects, including anatomy, genetics, psychology and behavior.

We learn love from our parents - Ruth Feldman

Ruth Feldman Director, Center for Developmental Social Neuroscience, Interdiscilinary Center (idc), Herzlya, Israel and Yale University, Child Study Center We learn love from our parents For centuries, love has been celebrated by poets, artists, writers and musicians, and only recently have neuroscientists begun to explore the biological basis of the human capacity to love. Here a conceptual model on the neurobiology of love is presented and its three principles are highlighted: The oxytocin system, the affiliated brain and biobehavioral synchrony. The intervention concludes by describing several interventions that aim to help parents and children to provide an optimal context for the flowering of love.

Growing a social brain - Shir Atzil

Shir Atzil Department of Psychology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Growing a social brain As adults, we have structured conceptual representations of our emotions that help us to make sense of and regulate our affective experience. The ability to use this emotion concepts is critical to make predictions about the world and choose appropriate actions. Infants can learn this emotion concepts for the maintain the physiological balance, or allostasis.

Emotions: from safety to selfie - Talma Hendler

Talma Hendler Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University Emotions: from safety to selfie Emotions are the building blocks of our mental health. But what are emotions and how to identify the mechanisms in the brain of human emotions? And how can we measure these processes?

Musical groove: the intersection of pleasure and movement - Virginia Penhune

Virginia Penhune Concordia University and McGill University, Montreal Musical groove: the intersection of pleasure and movement Music is a complex auditory communication system found in all human societies. Most people spontaneously move to the beat of the music, and musicians balance predictability and surprise. These phenomena suggest a strong interaction between the auditory and motor systems of the brain, as well as with the networks involved in musical reward.

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