Neuroscientist to speak about sexual orientation

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British neuroscientist Simon LeVay will be speaking Thursday on the “Science of Sexual Orientation.”

LeVay is known to have several outlooks on sexual orientation, which is one of the many reasons why President of the Psi Chi chapter Cristina Wilson ‘12 and Olivia Buscho ‘12 chose to contact LeVay. His talk ties in with the Sex, Love and Gender theme the chapter has going on this year. It will focus on an updated look on the science of sexual orientation and how it relates to the way people are treated today.

LeVay has written and co-written 11 books and has worked at Harvard Medical School and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Wilson said they chose LeVay because he’ll be interesting to hear. She said he has multiple disciplines not just from psychology. He has more of a social science background and they think it will be good for students and faculty to hear.

Faculty adviser of Psi Chi and Psychology club, Professor Heide Island, knows LeVay, which is how Wilson was able to get him to speak.

Another reason it seemed like a good idea to have LeVay speak on Thursday is the Honors Psychology Induction for Psi Chi is also going on. Wilson said they are always looking for more members as well. LeVay will be attending both events.

Wilson and Buscho said they hope to fill the auditorium as much as possible and that it is an event accessible to everyone. Wilson said we interact with people every day and LeVay’s talk is for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge.

The event, put on by the Psychology Club and Psi Chi chapter, will be held in the Taylor-Meade Auditorium at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.

A book signing and reception will follow the talk.


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