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Social Cognition and Drugs in Australia

Sydney, Australia


Professor Jaime Pineda
Dates Departure from U.S.: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018
Arrival: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018
Mandatory Orientation: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018
First Day of Class: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018
Last Day of Class: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., Sept. 8, 2018

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • We strongly encourage you to take a flight that arrives at Sydney Airport (SYD) before 9:00 am on Sunday, Aug. 5, in order to take advantage of airport pick up. Students who arrive later than this time will receive instructions on how to make their way to the meeting point at the IES Abroad Center independently.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like to book flights with other students on this program or take advantage of the airfare deposit program.
Info Sessions
  • Monday, January 22, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Cognitive Science Building 180
  • Tuesday, January 30, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
    Cognitive Science Building 180

Why you should go

Significant work on mirror neurons has been conducted in Australia, especially in the important area of neuroetiology, the evolution of mirror neurons, and their relationship to language. Australia has an amazing diversity of birds, some of which have been found to have mirror neurons similar to humans. Being in the center of a region where active research is ongoing will allow the class to explore that aspect of this very interesting field. Students will have the opportunity to visit labs at the University of Sydney and Macquarie University who have done this important work. Mirror neurons have also been linked to our aesthetic experience in art appreciation – a topic that we discuss in class. Therefore, it will also be significant to visit museums and art galleries in Sydney to engage students in that discussion.

The COGS 174GS class is a study of the history, drug policy, and pharmacology of drugs, both legal and illegal in the US. This version of the course would offer the opportunity to compare the US with another country’s history, drug policy and substance abuse problems. Students will visit to the Justice and Police Museum in Sydney to foster discussion of drug policies and problems related to drug use and abuse.

Who should go?

Students should have a broad interest in the psychopharmacological and cognitive science perspectives on drugs, brain, and culture, as well as interest in the neural basis of their effects, particularly on social behaviors. These courses are taught so they do not require specific prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have prior exposure to cognitive science, neurobiology, or neuroscience.

Meet the professor

Prof. Jaime PinedaDr. Pineda is Professor of Cognitive Science and Neuroscience at UCSD. His research includes the neuroetiology of autism, the role of mirror neurons in social cognition, neuronal plasticity, and brain-computer interfaces. He is the author of over 100 articles, books, and reviews on the interdependency between brain and mind. In his research, Dr. Pineda uses brain imaging techniques, as well as behavioral, psychological and pharmacological methods to understand normal and abnormal cognition. He looks forwarding to sharing this Australian adventure with students.

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University Center 409
9500 Gilman Drive #0095
La Jolla, California 92093-0095
Phone: (858) 534-1123
Email: globalseminar@ucsd.edu
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