How much control do we have over our impulses and behavior? How much do environmental factors affect our actions? And when do children begin to develop a sense of free will? This program hosted an eye-opening discussion on implicit bias, impulse control, and free will that covered everything from new fMRI research on how brain chemistry and behavior are affected by environmental factors, to current studies of children and when they develop biases.
The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premier public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and well-informed members of the general public.
This program is part of the Big Ideas Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.
Photograph: Jon Smith