After-Hours Programs

Sackler Brain Bench: Why We Eat What We Eat w/ Stuart Firestein and Priscilla Ferguson

Monday, April 29

Squash blossoms Aztec Market

Green tomatoes and squash blossoms.

In this intimate, salon-style setting, you will be able to probe the science, psychology, and social norms that shape the food choices you make.  Experts will lead each session, helping you explore the concepts through stimulating conversation, taste tests, and exclusive after-hours tours of the Our Global Kitchen exhibition.  Bring questions, shopping lists, opinions about food and health—and come away with an understanding of the science behind our food decisions. 

Wine and light snacks will be served at each session. 21+

Join neuroscientist Stuart Firestein, Ph.D.,and sociologist Priscilla Ferguson, Ph.D., for a conversation about what our food choices can tell us about the brain and society.

  • Learn more about food flavors and the distinction between taste and flavor.
  • Examine food fears and aversions: Is it nature or nurture, or both, that determines our palate?
  • Why do memories of certain foods remain so strong even decades after they were first encountered? Explore the biology and sociology of food memories.

The Museum greatly acknowledges The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc. for its support to establish The Sackler Brain Bench, part of the Museum's Sackler Educational Laboratory, in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, offering ongoing programs and resources for adults, teachers, and students to illuminate the extraordinary working of the human brain.