Big Smile, Small Self: Effects of Awe on Healthy Aging

Awe is a positive emotion associated with wonder, creativity and generosity. Dr. Sturm will describe the mental and physical health benefits of awe and summarize a study she conducted on “awe walks” for older adults.

Virginia Sturm, PhD, is the John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation Endowed Professor at UCSF. She is Associate Professor in the departments of neurology and psychiatry and the director of the Clinical Affective Neuroscience Laboratory that is located in the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and affiliated with the UCSF Center for Psychophysiology and Behavior. After undergraduate work at Georgetown University, she received her PhD degree in clinical psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF in neuropsychology. Her research focuses on identifying the neural systems that support emotion and social behavior in neurodegenerative disease and neurodevelopmental disorders.

This free public lecture will be followed by an in-person reception. Complimentary parking will be available in lot 2012, adjacent to the Health Sciences Innovation Building.

Register by September 15, 2022.


5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 21, 2022
In-person, HSIB Forum, and livestreamed

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