The Neuroscience of Pleasure: How your brain responds to music, love and chocolate

Brain Awareness Lecture Series

March 30, 2020
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Newmark Theater
1111 SW Broadway
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Larry Sherman, Ph.D.
Larry Sherman, Ph.D.

Listening to beautiful music, falling in love and eating really good chocolate create intense feelings of pleasure – but why? OHSU neuroscientist Larry Sherman, Ph.D., joined by the Portland Chamber Orchestra and singer Naomi LaViolette, presents a fascinating multi-media discussion and concert on how the brain experiences pleasure. Diving into exciting new research – including what happens to the brain when love goes awry – and what we can learn from the monogamous prairie vole, Dr. Sherman mixes music, humor and neuroscience for an unforgettable, educational evening.

Larry Sherman, Ph.D., is a professor in the Oregon National Primate Research Center at OHSU, as well as the president of the Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. He has over 80 publications related to brain development and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. He serves on a number of national scientific review panels for the National Institutes of Health, the Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Programs, and others. He has made numerous television appearances, discussing various topics related to neuroscience. He has also given hugely popular talks and performances (including playing the piano) around the globe on topics that include music and the brain, and a deeply personal presentation dealing with his recently discovered biological family and exploring the contributions of genes and environment to brain development and personality. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Portland Monthly Magazine recognized Dr. Sherman as one of the most innovative people in the State of Oregon.

This unique lecture and performance will have a 15 minute intermission, and end at 9 p.m.

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