The Fifth Annual Distinguished Lecture in Psychology takes place Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery. Psychology Professor Robert Provine presents “Curious Behavior: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research at UMBC.” The event is sponsored by the psychology department and the Social Sciences Forum and is co-sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities.
Robert Provine’s latest book, Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond, has received rave reviews. It won the PROSE Award 2012 as the best book in biomedicine and neuroscience and was selected as a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Dr. Provine will reflect on his 39-year career at UMBC and discuss how undergraduate research can change the way we look at human behavior and solve ancient problems.
Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist and professor of Psychology at UMBC, studies the development and evolution of the nervous system and behavior, including human social behavior. His widely cited book Laughter: A Scientific Investigation was selected as one of The 25 Books to Remember from 2000 by the New York Public Library, and his articles are reprinted in The Best American Science Writing 2006 and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006. His most recent book is Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond (2012), an exploration of neglected human instincts. Provine’s research and writing are widely covered in the broadcast news, news magazines, and morning shows, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Radio Lab, CBS 20/20, CBS Sunday Morning, Scientific American Frontiers, ABC World News Tonight, and Good Morning America, and print media, including The New York Times, Time magazine, Discover, Scientific American, Nature, New Scientist, and The Times (London). He advocates “small science” and “sidewalk neuroscience,” approaches to serious problems that require minimal resources and can be conducted by anyone. Provine is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Psychological Science.
Admission is free.