U.S.-Iran Relations
While Barack Obama has rejected the Bush administration’s harsh stance toward Iran, panelists warn that we’re far from the start of fruitful relations, and that achieving real diplomacy will paradoxically require both patience and a sense of urgency.

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Lunch 'n Learn presentation: Brain ==> Computation ==> Behavior. Matthew Botvinick's lab works at the intersection of neuroscience, psychology and computer science, seeking to clarify the computational and neural foundations of human behavior. In pursuit of this mission, they employ a diverse set of research tools, including functional neuroimaging (fMRI), behavioral techniques (reaction time, error, and decision analyses), and computational modeling (neural networks, reinforcement learning mod
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