excerpted from Climate on the Brain
Recorded on September 2014

Climate Change and the Amygdala


UC Berkeley psychology professor Dacher Keltner talks about how the part of our nervous system called the amygdala triggers stress and fight-or-flight behavior. "That's been crafted by tens, hundreds of millions of years to respond to immediate threats, probably dangerous objects, predators out in the environment, and not these abstracts, long-lasting events that involve complex systems like climate change," said Dr. Keltner.

Speakers at this Event

Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley

Author, Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change