Suds & Science
It’s not a scientific mystery that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. And thus, the idea for Suds & Science was born: bimonthly events that bring scientists face-to-face with the general public in a neighborhood bar. The evening begins with a 15- to 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentation, which kicks off an extended discussion between the scientist and the audience—all while the audience drinks along. You can learn about everything from the science of beer to superhero physics to the genius of genomes. All of that for the price of a beverage! Suds & Science puts the fun and spirit(s) back into science.
Location: Callahan's Pub & Brewery, 8111 Mira Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92126
Date: January 12
Topic: Thinking Positively: How the Brain Reflects Happiness
Speaker: Lisa T. Eyler, PhD
What can science tell us about happiness? Does positive thinking really change our brain? Is it possible to learn to be happy? How can it be achieved? Join Dr. Lisa T. Eyler, Associate Professor of the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD, as she discusses the components of happiness, what MRI scans of the brain reveal about happy people and why it is important to study people with positive psychological traits like optimism, resilience, and empathy.
Lisa T. Eyler Ph. D
Dr. Eyler received her undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1991 and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. She was appointed as faculty in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry and is now an Associate Professor in the Psychiatry Department and Clinical Research Psychologist in the Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) program for which she serves as Associate Director of the Neuroimaging Unit. Dr. Eyler's research focuses on understanding individual differences in cognitive and emotional functioning using structural and functional brain imaging and blood-based biomarkers. As a member of UCSD’s Stein Institute for Research on Aging, she examines the neurobiology of positive psychological traits and the implications of this for optimizing quality of life in old age.