Summer Retreat

We held a three-week Summer Retreat at Lake Tahoe’s Carnelian Bay, starting on July 7, 2013. During the Retreat, we brought together the Project Leaders, three post-doctoral fellows, and six visitors from philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology to collaborate and critically engage each other in an informal, largely unstructured setting. Each visitor spent 2–3 days with us to discuss works in progress and explore interdisciplinary connections among our respective research projects, with the aim of developing avenues for future research. During their visits, we conducted video interviews with each of our visitors, the results of which can be found here.

Our visitors included:

  • James Blair. Chief of the Unit on Affective Cognitive Neuroscience, National Institute of Mental Health, USA. His research concerns neuro-cognitive systems mediating affect in mood and anxiety disorders, and psychopathy.
  • Jorge Moll. Head of the LABS-D’Or Center for Neuroscience in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Investigator, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit. His research examines human emotion, social behavior, and morality, including neural basis for altruism, neurogenetics and cognitive neuroscience of psychopathy, and psychological and neural bases for moral sentiments, attachment, and identity.
  • Elijah Millgram. E. E. Ericksen Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utah. His research concerns the theory of rationality, including both theoretical and practical rationality and the relationships between them.
  • Andrea Westlund. Associate Professor of Philosophy at UW-Milwaukee. Her research examines the moral psychology of friendship and love, with a particular focus on personal autonomy, joint deliberation, and the formation of shared interests and identities.
  • Katherine Rankin. Associate Professor of Neurology at University of California, San Francisco and Neuropsychologist at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Her research program specializes in examining the neurologic basis for social and emotional behavior, particularly focusing on how these change in patients with neurodegenerative disease.
  • William Seeley. Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Seeley specializes in behavioral neurology, especially caring for patients with neurodegenerative disease, and his research focuses on anatomical vulnerability in frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.