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From Belly Laughs to Bare Knuckles

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Past event - 2024
15 May From 6.30 p.m.
free entry (subject to availability)
Bibliothek Bar, Kohlenberg 7
4051, Basel
What makes things funny? What makes people aggressive? What makes objects different? Here we will discuss how our brain creates emotions and memories.

The language of stand-up comedy

Thomas C. Messerli (Oberassistent (Research and teaching Fellow) at Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Basel)
In my talk I will do what you should never do: explain a joke. I use my PhD in humour and repetition in sitcoms as a backdrop, and my perspective is that of someone who studies how we use language to communicate. From that point of view I will show you some ways in which humour can be studied, and I will share with you some interesting trends I have observed in stand-up comedy specials by comedians like Hannah Gadsby, Taylor Tomlinson, and Bo Burnham.

Are we born to be aggressive? What does science tell us?

Christina Stadler (Professor at University Psychiatric Hospital Basel, Departement of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
As a Professor and research group leader at the Department at the University of Basel my special interest lies in investigating the underlying neurobiological mechanisms of deficits in emotion processing in mental health disorders. In this talk I will discuss the question which factors contributes to aggression and antisocial behaviour: Is aggression a result of nurture or nature? I will present results of recent studies on adolescents with disruptive behavior disorders. Additionally, I will discuss the question how families and professionals can contribute to improve emotional and social skills in children.

What's this? - An informal guide to recognizing objects

Tommaso Caudullo (PhD Student at Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI))
Apples, clouds, chairs. Different across and different within, objects and the fuzzy categories they belong to populate our perception of the world. But how can we know whether we are having a beer or a softdrink?Indeed, how can we recognize or remember any object in isolation, with nothing to compare it to. In this talk, we will be looking for the little pint in our own heads, to define all pints soon to be in our stomach.
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