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Science Pub RVA: Brains, Biology and Morality

What is the biological basis of morality? Scientists are just beginning to understand how our brain works when we feel compassion or loyalty, or other moral emotions. Join RVA’s curious minds on Tuesday, October 1st for the next Science Pub RVA event featuring Dr. Mark Reimers of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. This Science Pub RVA talk will be held at Capital Ale House, doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Reimers takes the floor at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Mark Reimers will explore the neurobiology of morality in terms of both moral feeling and values, relating each to what we know (and what we don’t know) about the underlying brain function.

 His talk will address such questions as:

  • Where is the moral sense in a person’s brain?
  • What activity goes on in our brains when we make moral choices and when we respond to another person with empathy?
  • How are the brains of psychopaths different, and is this genetic?

Dr. Reimers is a mathematician who has been working​ in the fields of genomics and neuroscience since 2001. His current research at VCU’s Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics is on the genetics of mental illness, the development of the brain, and the dynamics of brain activity. Dr. Reimers directed the data analysis for a comprehensive study of human brain development by the BrainSpan project published in October 2011 in Nature.

Join this Science Pub RVA discussion on Tuesday, October 1, 2014 at Capital Ale House, 623 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA  23219

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for sociable sipping and such and Dr. Reimers takes the floor at 6:30 p.m. Then hang around for some lively Q & A afterwards.

Please note that registration is required at Eventbrite, as they often fill the space.  

What is Science Pub RVA?

Science Pub RVA is an independent endeavor coordinated by Cynthia Gibbs and part of NOVA Science Café’s network promoted by the long-running PBS program NOVA. To learn more about Science Pub RVA, visit their website or email

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