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Pearl Chiu, PhD

Pearl Chiu, PhD

Development of the Social Brain [Brain School 2015 seminar]


March 18, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Pearl Chiu, PhD


Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, M203
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.

Brain School is free, yet registration is required as space is limited. To register, visit our Eventbrite page or, especially if you have an older Internet Explorer browser, email us.

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?

Additional Details

This is a free event. The host is Michael Friedlander, PhD. For more information, please call 540-526-2002, or send an e-mail.

Map and Parking

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