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"The Discriminating Brain: How Our Wiring May Create Adverse Experiences for Others" Workshop

"The Discriminating Brain: How Our Wiring May Create Adverse Experiences for Others" Workshop

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"The Discriminating Brain: How Our Wiring May Create Adverse Experiences for Others"

Provider Engagement Workshop with Dr. Sean Sterling

Thursday, April 22nd 2021      10am-11am

Human neurobiology is tuned to behave differently toward out-group (compared with in-group) members in a variety of meaningful ways – leading to inequitable, often discriminatory, behaviors. This program will introduce participants to how innate reactions may cause us to immediately be afraid of others, but this fear can be overcome given sufficient economic, emotional, and/or cognitive resources to strengthen our Theory of Mind.


This workshop will also include an exploration of inequality and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The discussion will focus on the separation of children from parents at the Mexican border, food insecurity among children in the United States, and the Rwandan genocide. Strategies that promote cooperation among groups will also be examined, and the presentation will conclude by offering a model of cognitive and affective development associated with overcoming more primitive in-group out-group behavioral patterns.

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Sean Sterling, Ph.D., ABPP, is an Associate Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a board-certified clinical psychologist. His research interests include hypnosis, multi-cultural, forensic and health psychology. Dr. Sterling maintains a forensic and clinical psychology private practice and has recently launched the Sterling Research Cluster, an innovative program designed to provide students with opportunities to analyze publicly available data sets to support their dissertation research requirements.

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