The 13th academic report of the Online Seminar Series was successfully held on January 9, 2023. The Online Seminar Series are initiated by the Seminar Committee of the Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology (CEBSIT), Institute of Neuroscience (ION), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and sponsored by Neuroscience Bulletin. It aims to set up a platform to exchange current important research and to directly communicate with internationally renowned scientists.
Professor Joseph LeDoux from New York University (NYU) was invited at this seminar . He is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at NYU in the Center for Neural Science, and he directs the Emotional Brain Institute of NYU and the Nathan Kline Institute. His work is primarily focused on survival circuits, including their impacts on emotions such as fear and anxiety. About 2000 people from home and abroad attended the seminar online.
Professor LeDoux gave an invited talk entitled " What Happened to the Mental in Mental Disorders", summarized his work with a focus on fear research, and proposed to re-conceptualize key phenomena important in the field of emotion. He argued that people seek help from therapists because they feel bad subjectively. However, drugs based on animal research are only appropriate for changing behavioral and physiological symptoms, not for treating troubling mental states. This is because they depend on different brain circuits and have to be treated separately.