Speaker Will Explore Relationship Between Evolution and the Complex Brain

OGDEN, Utah –Leah Krubitzer, an internationally renowned professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, will present the lecture “How does evolution build a complex brain?” on Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. in the Wattis Business Building Smith Lecture Hall at Weber State University.

As part of her research, Krubitzer studies the evolution of complex nervous systems in mammals to better understand how genetics and activity shape the development of complex brains. In 1998, Krubitzer was the recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award, commonly referred to as the “genius grant.”

Krubitzer’s presentation, which is free to the public, is part of the Neuroscience Initiative 2007-08 Seminar Series at WSU. The event is sponsored through a Hemingway Grant and the support of WSU’s Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions, College of Science and College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

For more information about the neuroscience initiative, contact assistant psychology professor Matthew Schmolesky at 801-626-6247.

To learn more about Krubitzer’s research, visit psychology.ucdavis.edu/faculty/Krubitzer/ or psyweb2.ucdavis.edu/labs/krubitzer/whatwedo.html.

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