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Emosjonelle følelser hos dyr

Den estisk fødte amerikanske psykologen og hjerneforskeren Jaak Panksepp holder foredrag på Litteraturhuset 10. juni kl. 18.00 om emosjonelle følelser hos dyr. Møtet arrangeres av Forum for bevissthetsforskning i samarbeid med Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi.

Jaak Panksepp.
Jaak Panksepp, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA


18.00 - 18.05
Opening by Nils Chr. Stenseth President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

18.05 - 18.10
Introduction by Johan F. Storm, Neurophysiology, University of Oslo

18.10 - 19.10
Lecture by Jaak Panksepp, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA:
"The Neuroscientific Case for Emotional Feelings in Other Animals"

19.10 - 20.00
Panel discussion and questions from the audience 

JAAK PANKSEPP is an eminent pioneer in the field of affective neuroscience - the study of neural mechanisms of emotion in animals and man. We have invited him also because he represents a very interesting and original perspective in the discussion of the neural basis of consciousness. He argues for the importance of emotional feelings generated by evolutionary old parts of the brain, and that these may produce intense conscious emotional experiences in a wide range of animal species.

Whereas most neuroscientists studying consciousness focus on cognitive conscious abilities (perception, knowledge, thoughts) that are primarily generated by the cerebral cortex - in particular our "new" cortex (neocortex) that is so greatly expanded in humans and other "advanced" mammals - Panksepp argues that the "deeper" (subcortical) and evolutionary older parts of the brain may be equally important and perhaps even more fundamental for primary consciousness: our ability to experience. I have for many years been interested in this perspective, which can be considered to be complementary to the study of cortical substrates of consciousness, also because it may have serious implications for how we treat other species, and also humans with severe brain damage. 

Jaak Panksepp is an Estonian-born American psychologist, psychobiologist, and neuroscientist, the Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. Panksepp introduced the term 'affective neuroscience the name for the field that studies the neural mechanisms of emotion.