Brain, Consciousness, Experience (AAA panel, November 2013)

Invited Panel Organized by
Bryan Rill (Florida State University)

American Anthropological Association
112th Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL
November 20-24th, 2013

Chair: Greg Downey (Macquarie University, AUS)

Discussant: Andreas Roepstorff (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Summary of Participants:
Christopher Lynn (University of Alabama) Defraying the Costs of “Analysis Paralysis”: A Neuroanthropological Model of Dissociation, Deafferentation, and Trance.
Diane Hardgrave (Southern Methodist University) Altered Narratives: A Neuroanthropological Comparison of Anomalous Experiences During Meditation and Ethnographic Accounts of Shamanic Flight.
Jeff MacDonald (IRCO) Reexamining Near-Death and other Experiences of the Beyond in Cultural Perspective: Implications for the Anthropology of Consciousness.
Charles Laughlin (Carleton University) Anatta: The Implications of the Experience of No-Self for the Neuroanthropology of Self and Death.
Bryan Rill (Florida State University) You are the Mountain: Modeling Religious Experience in Light of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Cultural Neuroscience: Progress & Promise Special Issue (Psychological Inquiry)

This special issues features a commentary by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, co-PI with Steve López on a CBDMH pilot project. Link and full TOC:

Taylor & Francis Online :: Psychological Inquiry: An International Journal for the Advancement of Psychological Theory – Volume 24, Issue 1.



  1. Joan Y. Chiao, Bobby K. Cheon, Narun Pornpattananangkul, Alissa J. Mrazek, Katherine D. Blizinsky
    Psychological Inquiry 
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  2. George Christopoulos, Ying-yi Hong
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  3. Jonathan B. Freeman
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  4. Angela H. Gutchess, Joshua O. S. Goh
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  5. Shihui Han
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  6. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang
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  7. Meghan L. Meyer, Baldwin M. Way, Naomi I. Eisenberger
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  8. Brandon W. Ng, James P. Morris, Shigehiro Oishi
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  9. Denise C. Park
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  10. Andreas Roepstorff
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  11. Joni Y. Sasaki
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  12. Bobby K. Cheon, Alissa J. Mrazek, Narun Pornpattananangkul, Katherine D. Blizinsky, Joan Y. Chiao
    Psychological Inquiry 
    Vol. 24, Iss. 12013

EHP – Ambient Air Pollution and Autism in Los Angeles County, California

FPR board member Beate Ritz, who is chair of the department of epidemiology at UCLA, and colleagues have published a new study suggesting an association between prenatal air pollution exposure and autism (See current issue of Environmental Health Perspectives).


“Wiring the Brain” (July 18–22, 2013) Cold Spring Harbor

This is a great lineup of speakers and a terrific selection of topics for those interested in the latest neuroscience.


Wiring the Brain
July 18 – 22, 2013
Abstract Deadline: May 3, 2013

Catalina Betancur, INSERM, Paris, France
Ed BullmoreCambridge University, UK
Z. Josh HuangCold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Helen MaybergEmory University
Kevin MitchellTrinity College Dublin, Ireland

We are pleased to announce the first Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Wiring the Brain, which will begin at 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 18th and run through lunchtime on Monday, July 22, 2013. Previous meetings in this series took place in Ireland in 2009 and 2011 ( for more information)

The main goal of this meeting is to bring together researchers from diverse fields to explore how brain connectivity is established, how genetic variation can affect these processes, how circuit and network function are affected by defects in neural development and how this can lead to psychiatric and neurological disease.

Keynote Speaker:
Huda Zoghbi, Baylor College of Medicine
Edmund Rolls, Oxford University

Sessions & Speakers
Genetically programmed development
Nenad Sestan, Yale
Oscar Marin, Institute of Neuroscience, Alicante
Li-Huei Tsai, MIT
Peter Scheiffele, University of Basel

Activity-dependent development
David Lewis, Pittsburgh
Gina Turrigiano, Brandeis
Takao Hensch, Harvard
Guillermina Lopez-Bendito, Universidad Miguel Hernández

Genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders
Elizabeth Engle, Harvard
Ronald Yeo, New Mexico
Dan Geschwind, UCLA
Hans-Hilger Ropers, Max-Planck-Institute, Berlin

Modeling neurodevelopmental disorders

Joe Buxbaum, Mt. Sinai
Ricardo Dolmetsch, Allen Brain Institute
Guoping Feng, MIT
Kafui Dzirasa, Duke

Connectivity – from synapses to systems
Olaf Sporns, Indiana
Katrin Amunts, Julich University
David van Essen, Washington University

Circuits – function and dysfunction
Amy Arnsten, Yale
Peter Uhlhaas, MPI Frankfurt
Joshua Buckholtz, Harvard
Ann Graybiel, MIT

Wiring the human brain
Jay Giedd, NIH
Lucina Uddin, Stanford
Declan Murphy, University College London
Milos Judas, University of Zagreb

Cognitive development – the emergence of the mind
Essi Viding, University College London
B.J. Casey, Cornell
Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Harvard
Simon Fisher, MPI Nijmegen

We hope to see you at Cold Spring Harbor in July.

This conference is supported in part by funds provided by the National Institutes of Health and the Cold Spring HarborCorporate Sponsor Program

We have funds to provide partial scholarships for individuals who are US citizens/permanent residents from minority groups under-represented in the life sciences. Please provide justification in writing to Demetria Mudar (email hidden; JavaScript is required) and state your financial needs. Preference will be given to those applying who submit abstracts to the meeting.

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