Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Imaging genomics videos

When planning my trip to the upcoming "Imaging Genetics" (also called "imaging genomics") meeting in Irvine, January 16.-17, I discovered that they offer videos AND powerpoint slides (as PDF files). This is an invaluable resource that everyone interested in psychology, evolution and the human mind should see and read.

Evolutionary psychology behold: evolution works at the molecular/protein/brain level, not phenotype or behaviour. Well, eventually, yes, behaviour is the outcome. But in order to understand what is really going on, we need to understand the molecular mechanisms at play. Recent books and articles on evolution, evol-psych and modularity don't even discuss what's going on at the brain level. So we are still far from understanding the mechanisms of evolution in psychology. The Irvine video archive is really an eye opener to many. Start with Weinberger's talk. It gives a good overview.

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