this Friday 4th August at 3pm in room 304, Catherine Hynes will demonstrate the dying art of Siberian nose pottery while escaping from a sealed vat of vegemite. Assuming she survives this, she will then go on to discuss:
"The Role of the Frontal Lobes in Social Behaviour"
People who have suffered damage to their frontal lobes exhibit altered self-awareness, social behaviour, and increased social vulnerability, despite having relatively spared intellectual capacities. These difficulties are often the major source of disruption in the lives of people with frontal lobe injuries, rendering them unable to attain pre-injury levels of functioning at work, at home, or in their personal relationships. Currently, no laboratory measures exist to quantify these abilities, making it difficult to identify the patients who are most at risk, in addition to leaving rehabilitation programs with no objective means of measuring progress when interventions are attempted. The research proposed here aims to quantify the sub-components of social skill, and determine whether they are associated with atrophy in subregions of the frontal cortex, and its fibre pathways.
This autobiography of Catherine has been adapted from her Encyclopedia Brittanica entry:
"I finished my undergrad at the University of Toronto in 2001. Then I worked at the Rotman Research Institute with Brian Levine. I did a masters in cognitive neuroscience at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire on the functional imaging of social cognition with Scott Grafton, completed in 2004. And now I'm here working on a PhD in clinical neuropsychology with Valerie Stone and Ottmar Lipp."