Neuroscience of Emotions in Everyday Life

JU News Desk
Published: January 2020

The Department of Biochemistry, School of Sciences, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) in collaboration with the Department of Neurophysiology, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, organised a Science Symposium on August 27, 2019 at the School of Sciences Campus, Block 11, JC Road, Bengaluru.

The symposium is a part of the ongoing efforts to nurture a climate of science capacity amongst budding scientists. More specifically, the objective of the Science Symposium was to communicate the advances in the study of the interaction of emotional and cognitive processes, and how they are internalised by the brain, the mind and its disorders through shared experiences and learning. The theme of the Science Symposium was ‘Neuroscience of Emotions in Every Day Life’, and was targeted at Life Science students, both undergraduate and postgraduate streams. More broadly, the symposium offered an excellent networking and capacity development opportunity for budding scientists and faculty alike.

100 participants attended the event, including faculty members.

The Science Symposium comprised eight thematic sessions revolving around different aspects of emotions, its neurobiology and the role of the judicial system in advancing the cause. Each session featured a mix of lectures and activities. The pre-lunch session had five speakers. Dr. Manoj Sharma’s talk focused on the components and theories of emotion; Dr. Ajay Kumar Nair spoke about the cognitive regulation of emotions; Dr. Arun Kandasami gave insights on nurturing a healthy brain; and Dr.Madhavi Rangaswami made a presentation on the impact of emotions on decision-making. The morning session concluded with Dr. Apurva’s talk on cell phone and anxiety. The post-lunch session featured a thought provoking talk by Dr. Justice N. Kumar. Drawing from his professional experiences, the legal luminary spoke on managing mental illness driven crimes with emphasis on laws associated with psychiatry. Dr. Shankar shed light on the complex organisation of the human brain and Dr. Laxmi T Rao, took the audience through the physiology behind fear and its memory processing.

The sessions were designed to facilitate active engagement among participants, and thus provided the space for question- answers and discussions. There was a flurry of questions from the participants subtly conveying that the budding scientists are open for discussions with an admirable frankness. All in all, the event proved to be hugely successful and was well appreciated by the participants.

Earlier, Dr. NVH Krishnan – Registrar, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) and Professor Varalakshmi – Director, School of Sciences inaugurated the Science Symposium and highlighted the importance of nurturing healthy minds and the relevance of such programmes in educating the present day youth. Prof. Varalakshmi in her welcome speech touched upon the importance of youth following healthy practices for a sound mind, and a happy and healthy lifestyle. While appreciating the initiative of organising the Science Symposium, she encouraged the faculty to organise similar events with regularity. The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Dr. Bindhu