J.P. Scott Distinguised Speaker Series

14th Annual Lecture Spring, 2015

April 1st at 6:30pm in Room 112 Life Sciences BGSU Campus

by J. Bruce Overmier, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology at University of Minnesota

Some Unrecognized Origins of Clinical Psychological Treatments

Psychology has developed a number of psychological treatments that have proved effective in ameliorating human psychological problems.  However, the empirical foundations of these are often not well known or understood—sometimes even by the clinical psychologists that use them.  Often they are rooted in pre-clinical basic research carried out with animals.  I will explore the philosophical and experimental foundations of some such treatments, and hint at others.  These are sometimes quite old and quite surprising, yet do provide a groundwork on which psychological practices build to this day. Others are quite new and equally surprising.  It is important for the future of psychological science that the public to have a grasp of these pre-clinical foundations.


13th Annual Lecture 2014 (skipped a few years)

Wednesday April 2nd 2014

Onur Güntürkün PhD

Winner of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award

and Comparative Neuropsychologist at Ruhr-University Bochum


12th Annual Lecture 2010

Thursday Dec 2nd 2010
Gyorgy Buzsaki M.D., Ph.D.  
Board of Governors Professor, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University
Brain rhythms and cell assembly sequences in the service of cognition

11th Annual Lecture-2009

Wednesday Nov 4th 2009
BGSU Student Union
Prof. Glenn Northcutt
University of California, San Diego
Invasion of Land: Insights into Comparative Neuroanatomy

10th Annual Lecture 2008

Wednesday October 22
101 Olscamp Hall
6:00-6:30 Refreshments/Reception
6:30-7:30 Lecture
Garet Lahvis, Ph.D
Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health and Science University
The genetics of social reward: Can a mouse enjoy the presence of a companion and what it may reveal about human motivations?

9th Annual Lecture - 2007

Thursday, 29 November, 2007
6:30-7:30, 112 Life Sciences Building
Prof. Stephen Porges
(Director, Brain-Body Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago)
Autistic Behavior: Insights from Neurobiology

8th Annual Lecture - 2006

Thursday, 2 November, 2006
6:30-7:30, 112 Life Sciences Building
Prof. Nicky Clayton
(Cambridge University, UK)
What do crows know? Implications for the evolution of intelligence

7th Annual Lecture - 2005

Thursday, 8 September, 2005
2:30-3:30,112 Life Sciences Building
Prof. Larry Young
(Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University School of Medicine)
The Neurobiology and Evolution of Social Bonding

6th Annual Lecture - 2004

Thursday, 9 December, 2004
11:30-12:30,108 Psychology
Prof. Randy J. Nelson
(Psychology & Neuroendocrinology, Ohio State)
Using Gene-Knockout Mice in Studies of Aggression: A Cautionary Tale

5th Annual Lecture - 2003

Monday, 8 December, 2003
206 Bowen-Thomson Student Union
Prof. Ann Kelley
(Neuroscience Program, University of Wisconsin)
Neural circuitry and motivation for food: integration of cognition, reward and energy

4th Annual Lecture - 2002

Prof. Warren Meck, PhD. (Duke University)

3rd Annual Lecture - 2001

Friday, 21 September, 2001
Prof. Kenneth C. Catania, PhD.
(Department of Neurobiology, Vanderbilt University)
A nose that acts like an eye - the star-nosed mole's unusual sense of touch

2nd Annual Lecture - 2000

Friday, 15 September, 2000
Prof. Edward A. Kravitz, PhD.
(Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School)
Fighting Lobsters: from Genes to Behavior

1st Annual Lecture - 1999

Friday, 19 November, 1999
Prof. Mark Konishi, PhD.
Sound localization in Owls