After-Hours Programs

Sackler Brain Bench: Why We Eat What We Eat with Joy Hirsch and Ellen Fried

Monday, April 22

Sackler Brain Bench Adult Courses

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 Joy Hirsch, Ph.D., of Columbia University and lawyer and food-policy expert Ellen J. Fried, MA, JD, of New York University for a discussion about how cues both internal (from the brain and body) and external (from food marketing) can influence our food choices.

  • Learn about groundbreaking brain research and how it relates to obesity and weight loss, sleep deprivation, and appetite.
  • Explore how marketing strategies exploit our food preferences, often at the cost of our health.
  • Come away with a better understanding of how to counteract the negative influences on diet to make more positive eating choices.

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.