Dr. Michael Platt will headline MSF’s Distinguished Speaker Series on November 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Pearl Stable. He will also be the guest of honor at a ticketed luncheon, on Friendship and Your Brain, on November 13, 2019 at 11:30 am at The Argyle Club. 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 share 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. About Michael Platt 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, ABC, 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. For more information, visit http://www.plattlabs.rocks. About the Mind Science Foundation The Mind Science Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation dedicated to the scientific study of the human mind and the development of its potential. Established in 1958 by the late Tom Slick (1916-1962), the Foundation’s main programs fund investigations into the neural correlates of the consciousness and a public lecture series focused on the mind, brain, and human consciousness. Tom Slick was a visionary philanthropist and Texas oilman who founded five scientific organizations, including the Southwest Research Institute and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, all before the age of 45. For more information visit www.mindscience.org. Music credit: https://www.bensound.com/ (Song: Creative Minds)

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