Peter Sterling on rescuing the reward system: Vollum Seminar, Feb. 20

Vollum Special Seminar: “What is health?” Peter Sterling, Ph.D.

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Vollum Special Seminar
“What is health? Allostasis and the evolution of human design”
Peter Sterling, Ph.D.
Professor of neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania
Thursday, Feb. 20, noon to 1 p.m.
Vollum Institute, room M1441

The Vollum Special Seminar on Thursday, Feb. 20 features Sterling, professor of neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania, discussing concepts from his new book “What is health? Allostasis and the evolution of human design.”

Building on the concept allostasis, which he coined in the 1980s with Joseph Eyer, he explains that allostasis offers something not found in any medical textbook: principled definitions of health and disease, where health is the capacity for adaptive variation and disease is shrinkage of that capacity. Sterling argues that because health is optimal responsiveness, many significant conditions are best treated at the system level.

Henrique von Gersdorff, Ph.D., is the Vollum Institute host for this special seminar.