Monday April 15, 6:30 p.m.: Mirror Neurons: A Specialized Neural System

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:39

 This talk will present a discussion of the unique functioning of the mirror neuron system, a relatively-recently discovered component of our neural networks that leads to socialization, empathy, joint attention, and many of the higher order abilities that make us so unique and 'human'.  Mirror neuron systems have only been discovered in only a handful of species, and its specialized nature leads to some amazing socially-based abilities.  The discussion will center around the discovery of this system, how this system works, and what happens when this system goes awry.  The topic of mirror neurons is likely to be intriguing and informative, and it's one of the latest and most exciting neural discoveries, but if you feel that another topic might work better then I can offer some other suggestions.

Dr. Meyer has been fascinated with Psychology and Neuroscience for as long as she can remember.  Specifically, her interest lies in the neurological underpinnings of learning and memory.  She cemented her love and passion for these areas of study early in life, and began assisting with research studies early on in her undergraduate career at the College of Charleston.  Dr. Meyer followed this passion into her graduate program at the University of Memphis, where she became well-versed in the field of behavioral toxicology and the mechanisms by which toxicants disrupt the neurodevelopment and neuralcircuitry  involved in executive functioning as well as learning and memory.  She began her career at UNG in the Fall of 2015, and has established a learning and memory neurotoxicology lab that fosters the development of undergraduate students in a similar fashion to the opportunities that she was able to get when she was an undergrad.  Her love of learning and research has come full circle, and she is excited to be sharing my knowledge at the Science Cafe.  She states that she will never not be fascinated by the brain and everything that we can learn about it, and truly enjoys every opportunity that she gets to share my passion with others.