Author Archives: Elika Pourbohloul

About Elika Pourbohloul

Ellie is the former blog editor and assistant program coordinator at the Emory Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Comparative Literature from Emory and a Master's degree in Sociocultural Anthropology from UCLA. Ellie has also served as a a teacher through the Fulbright program in Turkey. Prior to her work at the CMBC, Ellie worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Laughter: An Example of Human Complexity

Eric Smadja opened his talk on laughter with a joke. As the discussion participants laughed together, Dr. Smadja gestured towards one of them and asked: “You are laughing— but why, and how?” Laugher is an aspect of human behavior that … Continue reading

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Consciousness from an Empirical Stance

February 20, 2017 Joseph Neisser What is consciousness, and what is a good measure of it? Grinnell College philosopher Joseph Neisser sought to approach this issue from a scientific lens in a CMBC lunch discussion. Dr. Neisser traced the history of … Continue reading

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Sociocultural and Psychological Perspectives on Bilingualism

  January 24, 2017 Donald Tuten & Alena Esposito What does “bilingualism” mean as a cognitive process and a sociocultural phenomenon? Last year, Dr. Donald Tuten and Dr. Alena Esposito introduced students to this interdisciplinary topic through a course at … Continue reading

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