Lunch & Learn: Friendship and Your Brain

Wednesday, 13 November, 2019 11:30 am
The Argyle Club, Slick-Urschel Room

Enjoy a delicious lunch in the intimate surroundings of the Argyle Club, while learning how to best support the development of healthy social relationships for yourself and those you care about. 

We all need friends. Deeper and more numerous friendships promote health, well-being, survival, and even financial success. By contrast, social exclusion and loneliness evoke feelings of pain and ultimately declining health. In this talk, Professor Michael Platt will discuss his work exploring the biological mechanisms that mediate our ability and desire to connect and new applications of this knowledge to improve health, well-being, and business.

Ample time will be given for audience questions.

Proceeds from this event go to support our BrainStorm Neuroscience Pitch Competition, which funds early career neuroscientists researching the science of consciousness and improvements in the health and well-being of humankind.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Please email cosorio@mindscience.org to be placed on the waiting list. 


  • $400 Table Sponsorship - SOLD OUT
    • Limited number available
    • Seating for 8
    • Includes table signage
  • $55 Individual Ticket - SOLD OUT

Event underwriting opportunities are available. Please contact Meriam Good at 210-821-6094, or mgood@mindscience.org.


Event Schedule

11:15 am - Registration

11:30 pm - Program

12:30 pm - Q&A

1:00 pm - Close

The Neuroscience of Friendship

Michael Platt, PhD

Michael Platt, PhD, is a neuroscientist whose work focuses on the brain’s decision-making processes. He has appointments in University of Pennsylvania's Department of Neuroscience in the Perelman School of Medicine, the Department of Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Marketing in the Wharton School.

Platt has served as Professor of Neurobiology, Director of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University. Organizations such as the National Foundation, the Klingenstein Foundation, the McDonnell Foundation and the Department of Defense have supported his research, and he has been recognized in the New York Times, the Washington post, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, A`BC, BBC and PBS.

Platt has also served as the President of the Society for Neuroeconomics. He holds a PhD in Biological Anthropology from Penn, and a BA in Biological Anthropology from Yale.

Thank You to our Underwriters

Alice and Sergio Viroslav

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