Sylvius Lectures

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LIBC Sylvius Lectures

sylvius1The LIBC Sylvius Lectures refer to a prestigious lecture series organized and funded by the Leiden Institute for brain and Cognition (LIBC). Named after the German-Dutch physiologist and anatomist Franciscus Sylvius, discoverer of the brain’s Sylvian fissure, who died in Leiden in 1672, this annual lecture series presents a set of five or six internationally renowned speakers. Research areas of these invited speakers relate to one of the LIBC hot spots, i.e. Junior (brain development), Language, Stress or Pharmacology.
The lectures are open to all, no registration is required.

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Brain generators of delight and desire

Date & Time: March 26th, 2020, 3.30 pm
Location: to be announced 


image.1581349425864 2Liking (delight) and wanting (desire) usually go together for pleasant rewards, but turn out to have separable brain mechanisms.  Addictions may arise from this liking/wanting separation.  ‘Liking’ is generated by a surprisingly frail and tiny network of hedonic hotspots in brain limbic structures.  ‘Wanting' for the same pleasures has a much more robust and larger brain network involving dopamine systems.  Surprisingly, the ‘wanting’ system also may have a paradoxical relation to fear. The relation between liking, wanting, and fear systems has further implications for understanding clinical disorders beyond addiction, including depression and schizophrenia. 


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