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Pearl Chiu, PhD
Development of the Social Brain [Brain School 2015 seminar]
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
Pearl Chiu, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will speak on March 18 on the “Development of the Social Brain.” Chiu studies how people make decisions and how the normal development of neurological behavior can become disrupted by addiction, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and autism spectrum disorders.
About the Speaker:
Pearl Chiu’s research focuses on why depression and substance abuse occur together so often. She studies how the behavioral and biological basis of human brain function in psychiatric disease. Chiu asks several key questions: How is it that a depressed individual may value nothing at all, whereas an addict might value drug consumption at the expense of all else? What quantitative neurobehavioral measures of motivation, social function, and emotion may be useful for clinical assessment? What makes some people especially vulnerable to peer pressure?