Robert Provine, Psychology, to speak at “City of Ideas” event in Mexico

Published: Oct 25, 2013

Professor of Psychology Robert Provine is one of more than sixty speakers who will participate in next month’s “City of Ideas” festival in Puebla, Mexico. The event brings together scientists and scholars to celebrate and discuss creativity and curiosity.

The festival takes place from November 7-9. The program will include artistic and cultural short films and presentations from individual speakers.

Provine was also recently cited in an “io9” article with an excerpt from his book, “Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond.” The article examines the emotion behind crying.

“Several lines of evidence suggest that the NGF [nerve growth factor] in tears has medicinal functions,” the excerpt reads. “The NGF concentration in tears, cornea, and lacrimal glands increases after corneal wounding, suggesting that NGF plays a part in healing.”

You can read the full excerpt and article here.

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