Can a pleasant view speed healing? In this lecture on Sunday, November 8 at 2 pm at Trinity Church here in the Back Bay, Dr. Esther Sternberg will present the science of mind-body connections and human perception as it relates to place. Using examples from her book, Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being, to explain the neurobiology of the senses, she will explore how a theme park, concert hall, cathedral, labyrinth, or garden can trigger or reduce stress, induce anxiety or instill peace. Dr. Sternberg will provide clues to how and why we respond to our surroundings that could influence the places we create in the future. Fee $10 Arnold Arboretum members, $15 nonmembers .
Dr. Esther M. Sternberg, Chief of Neuroendocrine Immunology and Behavior and Director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program at the National Institute of Mental Health, is internationally recognized for her discoveries in brain-immune interactions and the brain’s stress response on health. Dr. Sternberg is also Director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program, NIMH/NIH and Co-Chair of the NIH Intramural Program on Research in Women’s Health. She was on the faculty at Washington University before joining the National Institutes of Health in 1986.
Co-sponsored by the Arnold Arboretum and Trinity Church in the City of Boston.Â To register, log on to www.arboretum.harvard.edu.