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SR Talk | Prof. Adam Aron — How I quit neuroscience to focus on preventing climate and ecological breakdown
Abstract: I was long concerned about global heating but was too busy with my neuroscience career and parenting to do anything about it, until about 5 years ago when I got involved with the fossil fuel divestment movement in the University of California. As I learned more, I became more and more alarmed to the point of shifting my teaching to be about the climate crisis, shifting my research program to focus on changing beliefs and promoting collective action, and escalating my activism within the university to push for fossil free energy and fossil free finance. In this short talk I will discuss the three components of teaching, research and activism, and discuss the bumps and wins along the way.

Speaker: Adam Aron is a professor in the Dept of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. For 20 years his career was in cognitive neuroscience, where he published over one hundred papers with his lab members and earlier mentors. He has now formed a Climate Psychology and Action Lab (

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