Sexual and Natural Selection – The Fist-fight in Nature

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Is it true that natural and sexual selection oppose each other? For instance, why should male peacocks have such large tails? Even Darwin noted this evolutionary puzzle: there are some traits of organisms that would seem to decrease their survival. This lecture will explore this situation using examples from Dr. Hendry’s research from a variety of species.

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July 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm


“(S)he’s Being Mean to Me”: How Should Boys and Girls Respond to Aggression by Peers?

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This lecture discusses ongoing work in Dr. Dirks’ lab that examines how children respond to different types of peer aggression, how those responses are perceived by important people in their social worlds, and how the effectiveness of a given response may vary depending upon who is enacting it and when they do it. Implications for intervention programs targeting children’s social functioning will also be discussed.

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July 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm


A Gene Underlying Sexual Conflict in Insects

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This lecture will show how sexual conflict or sexually antagonistic behaviour in insects can influence the evolution and elaboration of novel sexually dimorphic traits in distinct and potentially opposing ways.

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July 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm


Chemistry, Love and Gender

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This presentation features a lighthearted but scientific look at a topic of interest to all. The chemistry of the brain “in love” is examined, as well as the possible existence of aphrodisiacs and love potions. Chemical sex attractants in insects constitute the background to a discussion of possible analogues to these compounds in humans. This talk is of interest to anyone who ever has been, or ever plans to be “in love,” as well as to anyone else.

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July 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm


Petra Schweinhardt: The Pain-Reward Connection

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Leading McGill scientists cover many major aspects of pain science, from molecular and neural pathways to the psychological modulation of pain. The series bridges our understanding of how factors such as environment, genetics, gender, age and lifestyle are related to pain.

Pain and reward are two motivational processes that oppose each other. This talk will explore how pain and reward processing interact.

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July 31, 2012 at 1:39 pm


Mark Ware: Just say Know – What Marijuana has Taught us about Pain Control

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Leading McGill scientists cover many major aspects of pain science, from molecular and neural pathways to the psychological modulation of pain. The series bridges our understanding of how factors such as environment, genetics, gender, age and lifestyle are related to pain.

This presentation explores the science behind the extraordinary claims that are made around marijuana and pain management, from demon drug to miracle herb, and suggest there are some intriguing avenues of new research opening up that offer some new ways to treat pain.

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July 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm


Michael Sullivan: Helping People with Pain resume Occupational Involvement

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Leading McGill scientists cover many major aspects of pain science, from molecular and neural pathways to the psychological modulation of pain. The series bridges our understanding of how factors such as environment, genetics, gender, age and lifestyle are related to pain.

This presentation will highlight some of the psychosocial factors that have been shown to contribute to occupational disability in individuals with pain conditions.

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July 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm


Catherine Bushnell: How the Mind can alter Pain

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Leading McGill scientists cover many major aspects of pain science, from molecular and neural pathways to the psychological modulation of pain. The series bridges our understanding of how factors such as environment, genetics, gender, age and lifestyle are related to pain.

This lecture will discuss the mechanisms by which psychological state alters pain and how this may be changed in chronic pain conditions.

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July 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm


Joe Schwarcz: The Chemical Conquest of Pain

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Leading McGill scientists cover many major aspects of pain science, from molecular and neural pathways to the psychological modulation of pain. The series bridges our understanding of how factors such as environment, genetics, gender, age and lifestyle are related to pain. 

When you are in pain, nothing else matters. ou just want relief. And the right chemicals can provide it. Tracing mankind’s efforts to conquer pain makes for a fascinating romp through chemical history. Fret not, it is painless!

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July 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm


Joe Schwarcz: Chemicals for better and for worse

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Mini-Science 2011, episode 1: In the public mind, “chemicals” equate to “toxins”. The truth is that chemicals are just the building blocks of all matter; they are not good or bad, safe or dangerous. There are safe ways and dangerous ways to use chemicals. The decision is ours.

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July 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm