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Philadelphia Regional Event April 2019


SSP Regional Event in Philadelphia

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
5:30 – 6:00 pm:  Registration and refreshments
6:00 – 8:00 pm:  Panel event (with additional time for networking)

Learning from The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain 

“Eureka or aha moments are sudden realizations that expand our understanding of the world and ourselves, conferring both personal growth and practical advantage. Such creative insights, as psychological scientists call them, were what conveyed an important discovery in the science of genetics to Nobel laureate Barbara McClintock, the melody of a Beatles ballad to Paul McCartney, and an understanding of the cause of human suffering to the Buddha. But these moments of clarity are not given only to the famous. Anyone can have them.”
In this SSP Philly session we are excited to bring together the author of the book, John Kounios, as well as researchers and scientists to discuss their own ‘Eureka moments’, and how they cultivated environments that brought about those discoveries.  Every organization, university, and research lab is under pressure to innovate, but we know it can’t be forced.  How did they generate and publish discoveries, and how can we as professionals work on the issues we face in a way that will help us come up with insights needed in a changing industry?
Dr. John Kounios and this group of researchers and scientists will share their fascinating stories and discuss how they collaborated with researchers, funders, technology transfer start-ups, and others that led to new products, new discoveries, and the development of new ideas.  Ultimately, we hope that they can provide insights not only for the publishing community, but also for all of us to enjoy in Eureka moments in our own careers and personal endeavors.


John Kounios, PhD
Director, PhD Program in Applied Cognitive & Brain Sciences and Professor of Psychology at Drexel University

David Salas-de la Cruz, PhD
Assistant Professor for the Department of Chemistry and Center of Computational and Integrative Biology at Rutgers UniversityCamden

Kimberlee Moran
Forensic Anthropologist, Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Forensics at Rutgers University–Camden
Nathan Fried, PhD
Assistant Professor and Assistant Director for Undergraduate Research and Education at Rutgers University–Camden

Maureen E. Murphy, PhD
Program Leader and Professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis, The Wistar Institute


Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


SSP Members: $20
Non-members: $35
Students: $10

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Wistar Institute 3601 Spruce Street Philadelphia 19104
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