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Laughter: An Example of Human Complexity // Ellie Pourbohloul

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 // Ellie Pourbohloul

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 // Ellie Pourbohloul

  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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