The complex relationship between body, mind and culture has invited intrigue and inquiry since the dawn of civilization. Yet our understanding of these relationships and how to intervene in them for positive ends remains fragmented and disconnected.
For much of human history, medical treatment relied more on belief and human interaction than on scientific knowledge or solid data. In the modern era, it has been all too easy to dismiss the power of the human mind and focus instead on the enormous progress we have made in the biomedical sciences. But we now face challenges in human health that require us to embrace and understand the power of minds to influence health and well-being.
We are now seeing a surge of interest in culture-mind-body interactions within academic research. That is why Worldview Stanford, with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Templeton World Charities Foundation, and the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, is convening a diverse community of experts—scholars and practitioners— from around the world to share what they are learning and identify cross-cutting themes, and uncover gaps in knowledge and theory that could form the basis of future research.
Tuesday, December 5
8:30AM - 5:30PM
Wednesday, December 6
8:30AM - 8:00PM (includes dinner)
Thursday, December 7
8:30AM - 1:00PM (includes lunch)
Director, Worldview Stanford
Brie is the founding director of Worldview Stanford, which creates learning experiences and public media about the new knowledge and ideas shaping our future. After training in neuroscience, she transitioned into strategy consulting with Global Business Network (GBN) and Monitor where she used scenario planning and game theory-based simulations to help her clients explore multiple possible futures. Brie holds a PhD in neuroscience and an MA in international policy studies from Stanford University and a BA in psychology from Transylvania University. She did her postdoctoral fellowship in neuroeconomics at Baylor College of Medicine.
Professor of Neurobiology ; Director of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute
Bill’s research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying visually based decision making and related issues in cognitive neuroscience. He seeks to understand how higher mammals acquire sensory information about the world, how that information is processed within the brain, and how behavioral responses to that information are organized. Bill also co-chaired President Obama’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a collaborative research initiative to map the activity of every neuron in the human brain. He received his PhD in neurobiology from the California Institute of Technology.
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
Alia studies how changes in subjective mindsets can alter objective reality through behavioral, psychological, and physiological mechanisms. Her work explores how placebos elicit healing by changing people’s expectations and physiological processes. Alia aims to understand how mindsets can be consciously and deliberately changed through intervention to improve organizational and individual performance, physiological and psychological well-being, and interpersonal effectiveness. She holds a BA in psychology from Harvard University and a PhD in psychology from Yale.