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Kennedy Center hosts first International Field Studies lecture Sept. 30

David Tate, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Brown Medical School, will speak on “A Neuropsychologist’s Tale: India to Rhode Island and Back Again,” at the first International Field Studies lecture Friday, Sept. 30, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at Brigham Young University.

Tate’s lecture will address the benefits of cross-cultural experience in the context of ongoing scientific research. He is a BYU alumnus, with a doctoral degree in clinical neuropsychology.

He is also a two-time BYU Field Studies alumnus to India, where he initially developed an interest in the cross-cultural issues affecting cognition and human brain development. Recently, he returned to India to develop culturally fair cognitive tests for use in studies of HIV infection.

“My hope is that this lecture series will not only be interesting and educational, but will also illustrate, for BYU students, the possibilities, and advantages, of conducting cross-cultural field work, as well as to encourage undergraduate research and mentored learning,” said David Shuler, International Field Studies coordinator.

The lectures in this series, sponsored by the International Study Programs and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, will highlight past field study students covering topics such as ceremonial drumming in Ghana, cross-cultural psychology in India, religious movements in the highlands of Guatemala and survival strategies of street children in South Africa.

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