Sabine Distinguished Speaker Series


"Listening" and "Talking" to Neurons

Linda Watkins, Ph.D.

Linda Watkins, Ph.D.

Linda Watkins, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and a University of Colorado President's Teaching Scholar. She has received career awards from the National Institute of Health and National Institute for Mental Health. Dr. Watkins' primary research interest is understanding how to control clinically relevant pathological pain states, using pharmacological, molecular biological, behavioral, anatomical, and gene therapy studies. She has authored or co-authored over 190 book chapters, review articles and journal articles.

Tuesday, April 5, 2018






Flow and the Quality of Life

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D.


One of the world's leading authorities on the psychology of creativity, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is the C.S. and D.J. Davidson Professor of Psychology in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University; and co-director of the Quality of Life Research Center. He is also emeritus professor of Human Development at the University of Chicago, where he chaired the Department of Psychology. His life's work has been to study what makes people truly happy. Drawing upon years of systematic research, he developed the concept of "flow" as a metaphorical description of the rare mental state associated with feelings of optimal satisfaction and fulfillment. His analysis of the internal and external conditions giving rise to "flow" show that it is almost always linked to circumstances of high challenge when personal skills are used to the utmost. Csikszentmihalyi is a Fellow of several scientific societies, the National Academy of Education, and a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Serving on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals, he has been a consultant to business, government organizations, educational associations, and cultural institutions and has given invited lectures throughout the world. In addition to the hugely influential Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, he is the author of 13 other books translated into 23 different languages, and some 245 research articles on optimal development, creativity, and well-being. He is considered the co-founder of positive psychology.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Touched with Fire: Mood Disorders, The Arts, and Creativity

Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.


Dr. Jamison is the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is also Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Chosen by TIME as a "Hero of Medicine," she has unique insight into the world of mental illness. She is the co-author of the standard medical textbook on bipolar illness and author of Touched with Fire, An Unquiet Mind, Night Falls Fast, Exuberance, and Nothing was the Same.


Additional Funding Provided by: Student Life, CC Wellness Center and the Cultural Attractions Committee.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016







Science and Pseudoscience in Everyday Life: A Field Guide for Evaluating Extraordinary Claims

Scott Lilienfeld, Ph.D.


Dr. Lilienfeld is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University. A recent recipient of the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for Lifetime achievement from the Association for Psychological Science, Lilienfeld is a leading researcher on personality disorders, psychiatric classification and diagnosis, and the challenges to clinical psychology posed by pseudoscience. He has co-authored ten books, including 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology and Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience, as well as numerous journal articles, book chapters, and popular writings for Scientific American and Scientific American Mind.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015






Intuitions About the Happy Life and the Failure to Learn from Experience

Norbert Schwarz, Ph.D.


Dr. Schwarz is provost professor of psychology and marketing at the University of Southern California. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the German National Academy of Science-Leopoldina, Schwarz is among the most frequently cited researchers in social psychology and consumer psychology. His publications include 20 books as well as approximately 300 journal articles and chapters.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014







2013 Harold D. and Rhoda N. Roberts Memorial Lecture in the Natural Sciences

Religion and Religiosity: A Jaundiced Neurobiological Perspective

Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D.


Dr. Sapolsky is a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. In addition to A Primate's Memoir, which won the 2001 Bay Area Book Reviewers Award in nonfiction, Robert Sapolsky has written three other books, including The Trouble with Testosterone, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, and Monkeyluv and Other Essays on our Lives as Animals. In addition to numerous scholarly works, his popular writings on science have appeared in diverse publications, such as Discover and The New Yorker. In 2008, Dr. Sapolsky was awarded Rockefeller University's Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science.

Additional funding provided by the Cornelia Sabine Endowed Fund for Psychology.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013







Nature's Great Masterpiece: Stories of Elephants

Joyce Poole, Ph.D.


Dr. Poole is one of the world's leading elephant researchers. She co-founded Elephant Voices (, an organization devoted to elephant welfare and conservation. she received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University, and has studied elephant behavior and communication for over 30 years. She has written two books, numerous scientific papers and popular articles on elephant behavior and conservation, and has participated in scores of media projects.

Additional Funding Provided by: Colorado College Cultural Attraction Funds and the Dean of Students Office

Wednesday, March 28, 2012







Beyond Nature and Nurture: Social Experience and Children's Brain Development

Seth Pollak, Ph.D.


College of Letters and Science
Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Professor of Anthropology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin at Madison


Dr. Pollak is a past recipient of the National Down Syndrome Society's Scientific Scholar Award, Boyd-McCandless Award for Distinguished Contributions to Child Development and American Psychological Association's Distinguished Early Career Award in Developmental Psychology.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011







Our Inner Ape: Human Nature as Seen by a Primatologist

Frans B.M. de Waal, Ph.D.


Charles Howard Candler professor of Primate Behavior at Emory University and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He is author of numerous books including Our Inner Ape and Good Natured.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009



















Fatal Attraction: Fear of Death and Political Preferences

Sheldon Solomon


How manipulation of human anxiety around terrorism and death leads to conservative political choices.

Professor of Psychology and Courtney and Steven Ross Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies at Skidmore College, dynamic speaker and co-author of In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror.

Thursday, February 28, 2008














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