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The second of the 2022 Breakfast and Science Seminar Series was held on February 22  and synchronously was the 22nd B&SS in the series. 

The seminar featured a presentation by Patrik Vuilleumier, entitled: Emotion dynamics: the brain at unrest. Professor Vuillemier is head of the Neurology and Imaging of Cognition Lab, Dept of Neuroscience (NEUFO), Faculty of Medicine, and Swiss Affective Science Center (CISA), University of Geneva and is head of the newly created CIBM MRI UNIGE Cognitive and Affective Neuroimaging Section.

The seminar was chaired by Francois Lazeyras, Head of CIBM MRI HUG-UNIGE Clinical MR Imaging Section who led a lively discussion with interactions from participants.

Patrik VuilleumierEmotion dynamics: the brain at unrest

Patrik Vuilleumier,
Dept of Neuroscience (NEUFO), Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva. Swiss Affective Science Center (CISA), University of Geneva.
CIBM MRI UNIGE Cognitive and Affective Neuroimaging Section.

Abstract: Emotions do not only serve to assign a particular value to objects or events forming the content of consciousness, but can directly regulate perception, attention, or memory, thus shaping the content of consciousness and action. The talk will describe brain mechanisms by which positive or negative emotional episodes can influence mental states and cognitive functions in a sustained manner, over prolonged period of time following the emotion eliciting events. Using functional neuroimaging in healthy people and psychiatric patients, our work demonstrates dynamic and lasting changes in both activity and connectivity of brain networks following transient emotion episodes. These effects are strongly modulated by individual affective traits or personality factors. Our findings have implications for better understanding and assessing changes in brain function associated with mood and anxiety disorders.

About the Speaker: Patrik Vuilleumier is a neurologist and professor of neuroscience at the Medical School of University of Geneva and Campus Biotech. He specialized in behavioral neurology, neuropsychology, and neuroimaging with functional MRI and EEG. His work focusses on brain circuits mediating emotion processes, in both health and disease, and their influence
on cognitive functions such as attention or memory.

Seminar chair: Francois Lazeyras, Head of CIBM MRI HUG-UNIGE Clinical MR Imaging Section

The monthly meet-up seminar series is a great environment to ask questions or to share insights on challenges and solutions. It’s also a good way to broaden and enrich professional networks.

Revisit past seminars and stay tuned for the exciting CIBM Breakfast and Science Seminar Series upcoming this year. 

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