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Let's Talk Series: Shortcuts, Stereotypes, and Preparedness in the Brain

Speaker: Chantel Prat Ph. D., Professor and Author of The Neuroscience of You

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 23, 2023

Winchester, MA – The Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation today announces its next event of the Let’s Talk Series. On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, 7-9 pm EST, 4-6 pm PST (UTC-5), Chantel Prat Ph. D., Professor and Author of The Neuroscience of You, will present Shortcuts, Stereotypes, and Preparedness in the Brain.

Think of a time when you were shocked. No, not ice water shocked – brain questioning reality “what the actual hell” is going on right now shocked.

What was your brain doing?

Why wasn’t it prepared for the situation?

Did you lack experience or exposure?

Was there a cost or benefit from the shock?

Chantel Prat is a Professor at the University of Washington with appointments in the Departments of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Linguistics, and at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. Her interdisciplinary research investigates how variable brain designs combine with our lifetime of experiences to shape the unique way each person understands the world and operates in it. She is a recipient of a Pathway to Independence Award from the NationalInstitute of Health, and the Tom Trabasso Young Investigator Award from the Society of Text and Discourse. Her first book, The Neuroscience of You, was nominated for a Washington State Book Award and was featured in The Next Big Idea Club. Prat speaks internationally at events like The World Science Festival, and on National Public Radio, and has been featured in a variety of media including Nature, Scientific American, Rolling Stone, Popular Mechanics, and Travel + Leisure.

“In The Neuroscience of You, Chantel Prat pulls off the nearly impossible feat of writing a book that is authoritative, personal, technically astute and charming. Prat offers a profound thesis: that there is wonder and beauty in understanding the variation in how brains function. Prat teaches us that these differences should not be fuel for division, but rather, the object of fascination, appreciation, and celebration.” —C. Brandon Ogbunu, Yale University, Ideas contributor for Wired Magazine

Before the Event

Although not required to attend this event, we strongly suggest reading The Neuroscience of You: How Every Brain Is Different and How to Understand Yours and purchase it from a black-owned bookstore.

All registered participants will have access to a brief pre-event survey that allows questions to be submitted to our speaker.

During the Event

This is a webinar style event. All registered participants will have the opportunity to submit questions to our speaker. Questions will be screened and asked, given the time allowed.

After the Event

All registered participants will receive a post-event email including a survey and additional resources. A recording of the event will be publicly available on the Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation website, in the days following our event.



About Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation

The Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation is committed to human reconciliation and the eradication of racism and other forms of human oppression. Our work focuses on healing the internal emotional and cognitive harms that have allowed racism to continue to thrive in our society. We support the efforts of many other groups and individuals by providing opportunities for learning and self-reflection so that strategies to eradicate racism can become more successful. Additional information about the Center can be found by visiting the website and by following @dcbcenter.

Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation



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