WelcomeAbout
StaffContactEvent CalendarThe EvoS FundBooksWebsitesTutorialStart Your Own
Seminars
Fall 2007
Barbara EhrenreichJonathan HaidtHoward RachlinCarlo MaleyJeffrey CarpenterPeter TurchinJack SchultzScott Turner
Spring 2008
Anthony BiglanWilliam CreskoPatricia HawleyAndrew DeWoodyJoseph LeDouxJames NoonanBarbara FinlayGordon GallupRichard PouyatElizabeth Adkins-ReganJames MacKillop
Fall 2008
David Sloan WilsonBarbara OakleyBNP SymposiumRichard MichodMichael BellRandy OlsonWilliam RomeyChris ReiberSteven BrownBrian Boyd
Spring 2009
Dennis EmbryDavid HackerSteven PlatekSue MargulisSue Savage-RumbaughSteven NeubergHarvey WhitehouseThomas SeeleyGeorge LevineHelen Fisher
Video: "The Drive to Love and Who We Choose"
Fall 2009
Liza MoscoviceDiane M. Doran-SheehyKaren HollisPeter O. GrayChris KuzawaSteven SiegelRolf Quam
Rolf Quam 10/30/2009 EvoS Seminar Presentation
Bill JankowiakBaba BrinkmanPeter B. GrayMassimo Pigliucci
Massimo Pigliucci 12/4/2009 EvoS Seminar Presentation
Spring 2010
John GowdyDaniel LendeWilliam Harcourt-SmithTodd K. ShackelfordIain CouzinBruce HoodMelissa Emery ThompsonNancy EasterlinSteve NowickiJohn Marshall TownsendJoan Silk
Fall 2010
Josh BongardFred SmithDarryl de RuiterJay BelskyKari SegravesJulie SeamanLisa Karrer and David SimonsRick HarrisonRebecca SearTom LangenDaniel Kruger
Spring 2011
Steven C. HayesAndreas Duus PapeJessica LightMaryanne FisherGreg UrbanAndreas Koenig & Carola BorriesDaniel NettleDeane BowersCharles T. Snowdon
Fall 2011
David Sloan WilsonDavid C. LahtiRichard R. ShakerSergio AlmécijaHugo MercierLeslie C. AielloMark E. RitchieAdam LaatsLinda IvanyRalph M. GarrutoAdam Siepel
Spring 2012
John RieffelDr. Linda S. RayorDan EisenbergKevin L. PolkAndrew C. GallupKevin M. KniffinDavid DobbsNicole CameronJonathan HaidtDr. Joseph L. Graves, Jr.
Fall 2012
Barry X. KuhleCraig Eric MorrisCarin PerillouxDavid Sloan WilsonEric AlaniJesse BeringEli BridgeJaak Panksepp
Spring 2013
John TeehanRobert HolahanJenny Kao-KniffinShara BaileyHod LipsonDominic JohnsonMatthew HareCraig Eric MorrisBrooks MinerMichael RoseDavid Sloan Wilson
Fall 2013
Steven BrownNina FeffermanJohn Gowdy and Lisi KrallWarren Douglas AllmonTrenton HollidayJonathan GottschallArnab RoyDavid SchafferMichele GelfandJames SobelPatrick RoosEvoS Food Panel
Spring 2014
Daniel O’BrienBruce RobertsonRobert S. FeranecHeather FiumeraLuther H. MartinBjorn GrindeSarah RadtkeAleksey KolmogorovKathleen Sterling & Sébastien LacombeDebate! Evolutionary Psychology vs. Feminist CritiqueEducation Brown Bag
Fall 2014
Gad SaadT. Joel WadeNelson G. Hairston, Jr.Francis J. YammarinoDerek TurnerMatthew M. GervaisBernd BlosseyRolf QuamKelsey DancauseSharon Street
Suggest a Speaker
Students
Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate Student AssociationSUNY Broome Transfer Course ListUndergraduate RequirementsUndergraduate Courses
Graduate Students
Graduate Student OrganizationGraduate RequirementsGraduate Courses
Others
EvoS from a DistanceNon-Matriculated Students
Faculty
Becoming InvolvedEvoS as an Institute for Advanced StudiesCo-hosting
Projects
Early Childhood Education WorkshopInsect SamplingEvoS Lifestyle Project"What's New in EvoS" Podcast
Alumni Corner
Andrew C. GallupLeslie HeywoodLiza R. MoscoviceJustin R. GarciaJennifer Campbell-SmithMichael L MillerCraig Eric MorrisDaniel Weinstein
 

Bjorn Grinde

Chief scientist, Dr.scient, Dr.philos

Division of Mental Health

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

If the Aim of the Community is Happiness, Then …

February 10, 2014

Academic Building A G008, 5:00 PM

Abstract

The capacity for positive and negative feelings, and thus the prospect of happiness, is an attribute installed in the human brain by the process of evolution. If we can understand the evolutionary trajectory leading to this attribute, we stand a better chance at making the most of the situation. Briefly, the primary purpose of nervous systems is to direct an animal toward behavior conducive to survival and procreation, and as a rule of thumb this implies either approach or avoidance. In the early nervous systems behavior was based on reflexes, but at some point evolution introduced feelings or affect, in the form of rewards and punishment, as a more advanced system for evaluating various behavioral options. Recent studies suggest that all types of feelings converge on shared neural circuits involved in generating reward and punishment. Happiness can be construed as the net output of this activity in the brain. The next question is then how to “train” the brain, either by ensuring a suitable environment, or by specific brain exercises, to deliver positive feelings. The evolutionary perspective suggests some environmental factors, and together with DS Wilson I shall look at intentional communities to see if their way of life offers further suggestions.

Biography

Bjørn Grinde received his education in natural sciences, psychology, and anthropology from the University of Oslo, ending with a Dr.scient and Dr.philos in biology. He is presently employed as Chief Scientist at the Division of Mental Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health. He has previously served as scientist and professor at top universities in Norway, United States and Japan. A lasting focus has been to understand the process of evolution, particularly how it has formed the human brain and our capacity to enjoy life. He has written several books, including “Darwinian Happiness” – a book that suggests how the biological perspective can be used for guidance in living.

 

Video Recording


EchoCenter Course Portal

https://bustream.binghamton.edu:8443/ess/portal/section/6ced13a9-55af-4661-a0c4-2fdf5b280cb3

 


Echoes

Rich Media Playback: https://bustream.binghamton.edu:8443/ess/echo/presentation/0496405e-b499-42da-8cb0-b8bfc3417a62

Vodcast Playback: https://bustream.binghamton.edu:8443/ess/echo/presentation/0496405e-b499-42da-8cb0-b8bfc3417a62/media.m4v

Podcast Playback: https://bustream.binghamton.edu:8443/ess/echo/presentation/0496405e-b499-42da-8cb0-b8bfc3417a62/media.mp3

Reading will be posted to the EvoS blackboard group. Anyone with a Binghamton University email address can request to be added to the blackboard group by emailing EvoS[at]binghamton[dot]edu.


EvoS Event Calendar

EvoS Fund Logo

David Sloan Wilson Logo

Log in