Fear and Loving in Your Vagus
with Sarina Saturn, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University
When you are stressed out, a wild cascade of events take place in your body and your brain. In moderation, the stress response helps you rise to the occasions to be successful in life. In toxic levels, it can lead to devastating consequences to your emotional and physical well-being. One of the strongest ways to fight stress is with pro-social emotions, such as love, affection, and compassion. These warm and fuzzy emotions involve another cascade of physiological events to combat stress and facilitate social connectedness. One important portal through which the body and brain communicate with each other during emotional events is the vagus nerve. In this talk, neuropsychologist Sarina Saturn will discuss the neuroanatomy and chemistry underlying negative and social emotions and how we can apply this knowledge towards living happier and healthier lives.Sarina Rodrigues Saturn, Ph.D.,
is an assistant professor of Psychology at Oregon State University. She received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from New York University under the mentorship of Joseph LeDoux. Her dissertation focused on molecular, cellular, and behavioral studies of the amygdala, the key brain structure for emotional processing. She was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, under the guidance of Robert Sapolsky, where she investigated the role of stress hormones on the brain's emotional circuitry. At the University of California, Berkeley, Saturn was a postdoctoral fellow in Dacher Keltner's lab and here she began her attempts to bridge neuroscience and social psychology. Her current research investigates the biology underlying positive emotions, and her goals are to illuminate the roots and development of social well-being. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, National Public Broadcasting’s (NPR’s) Science Friday, Scientific American Mind, and other international outlets.
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