Friday, June 1, 2012

NYC, World Science Festival | How We Bounce Back: The New Science of Human Resilience

How do humans recover psychologically from trauma? As part of the World Science Festival’s multi-disciplinary look at scientific research today, this was the subject of a panel discussion at the Tishman Auditorium at the New School. The panel of experts included George Bonanno, Clinical Psychologist at Columbia, Dennis Charney, Biological Psychiatrist at Mount Sinai, Fran Norris, Social Psychologist at Dartmouth, Mathieu Ricard, Buddhist Monk, and moderator, Bill Blakemore of ABC News. Debate was dovetailed with a series of short videos documenting personal stories of tragedy and how the individual found a road to recovery. Panelists debated innate versus learned behaviors and discussed a full range of solutions from meditation to pharmaceuticals.
David Foell