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Mind-Brain Lecture to Discuss Executive Control

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DURHAM, N.C. -- How the brain regulates its own function and controls attention will be the topic of the latest lecture on Friday, Feb. 4, in the Mind, Brain and Behavior Distinguished Lecture Series at Duke University.

The lecture on "Mechanisms of Attention and Self Regulation" will be delivered by cognitive neuroscientist Michael Posner, who is the Sackler professor and director of Sackler Institute at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

The free public lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in Love Auditorium at the Levine Science Research Center on campus.

Posner's major research interest is in understanding the development of executive control in infants and young children. His numerous research awards include the 1996 Charles Dana Foundation Award for pioneering contributions to health and neuroscience; the 1998 Karl Lashley Award from the American Philosophical Society, and the 1998 McGovern Medal presented by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was honored for his research accomplishments by election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1981.

The Mind, Brain and Behavior Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by the Duke Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. The center is dedicated to theoretical and experimental work on understanding the human mind and brain from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes work in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, philosophy, engineering, anthropology, linguistics, sociology, neurology, psychiatry and related disciplines.

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