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FAU’s Frontiers in Science Spring Lecture Series Presents ‘Two Layers of the Mind: Workings of the Brain, and What Impulsive Aggression and Depression Have in Common’

BOCA RATON, FL (March 3, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will continue its 2009 Spring Frontiers in Science public lecture series with a presentation by Charles S. Carver, distinguished professor of psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami.   Carver will presentTwo Layers of the Mind: Workings of the Brain, and What Impulsive Aggression and Depression Have in Common” on Friday, March 13 at 3:30 p.m., in FAU’s General Classroom North building, Room 101, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

In his presentation, Carver will discuss how many psychologists now believe that behavior is guided by two semi-independent aspects of the mind, one organized for responding under pressure and the other organized for thinking things through.   This view can be linked to recent findings about the role of various neurotransmitters in brain function.

“This view results in a striking similarity, as well as an obvious difference between phenomena as distinguishable from each other as impulsive aggression and depression,” said Carver.

This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship.

            The reception that follows the program is made possible by the Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

For more information, contact Patsy Jones at 561-297-1307 or


Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.   

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