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17:00 - 19:00 5 February 2013

Origins of behaviour


G01 Lankester Lecture Theatre | Medawar Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

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Professor David Armstrong, Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, King’s College London

Abstract: With recent advances in neuroscience the promise of a physical explanation for human behaviour seems to be getting closer. At the same time behaviour is increasingly seen as an important factor in maintaining health and treating disease. Throughout this engagement, however, the idea of ‘behaviour’ is very much taken-for-granted. This presentation will therefore explore, through an examination of contemporary medical journals, how behaviour emerged as a key problem for science and health care between the 19th and 21st centuries. It is argued that the origins of the concept/problem are relatively recent.


Dr. Stephen Jacyna
0207 679 7179 | s.jacyna@ucl.ac.uk


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