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A Critical Moment

Sex/Gender at the Intersection of Culture, Brain, and Behavior

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23–24 (Fri–Sat)  October 2015


This conference occurs at a critical juncture in sex/gender research in neuroscience, anthropology, psychology, and related disciplines. New theories are utilizing a conception of the brain as dynamic and embodied and of sex and gender brain and behavioral differences as subject to the influence of a broad range of biological, cultural, and social or environmental factors. In organizing this conference, our aim is to bring the neuro- and social sciences together to consider three cross-cutting questions on sex and gender: why now? what’s fixed/changing/changeable? what’s at stake?

The proposed conference is the sixth in a series of meetings hosted by the Foundation for Psychocultural Research (FPR) at UCLA. Our mission is to support and advance interdisciplinary and integrative research and training on interactions of culture, neuroscience, psychiatry, and psychology, with an emphasis on cultural processes as central. Our primary objective is to help articulate and support the creation of transformative paradigms that address issues of fundamental clinical and social concern.

Image Credits: (1) Reprinted by permission from Macmillan Publishers Ltd: Nature Neuroscience, Vrontou et al., Fruitless Regulates Agression and Dominance in Drosophila, 2006; (2) By Nancy Collins [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons; (3) By Duffboy (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons