The Sir John Monash Lecture: Arousal

When: Mon, June 8, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, 2015
Where: Auditorium 1, Monash University, Malaysia
Admission: Free
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[Waking up the brain: Mechanisms of Central Nervous System Arousal] There are mechanisms in the brain that regulate mammalian behaviour for reproduction. Widespread among mammals and different between the male and female brain, these mechanisms could also have an impact on the physiology of the human libido.

These brain mechanisms for reproductive behaviours offer the organisational principles which supports all prosocial behaviours. Underlying sexual arousal and other specific forms of brain arousal, such as hunger or fear, links to a deeper biological force called the Generalised CNS Arousal.

Speaker Donald W. Pfaff is Professor at the Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior, The Rockefeller University. He graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude and received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Pfaff received the 2005 Award for Excellence in Professional and Scholarly Publishing from the Association of American Publishers for his book titled Brain Arousal and Information Theory.