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Jordan Silberman

A workout for your self-control
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Neuroeconomist Jordan Silberman describes how an EEG tied to a simple visual feedback system can allow its users to exercise and improve their everyday ability to exact self-control.Jordan Silberman is graduate student of medicine and psychology at the University of Rochester, where he studies neuroeconomics.Jordan will be telling us about the neurological basis of self-control; he suggests that we think about it in a new way. Self-control can be trained and fatigued, much like a muscle. Jordan will describe an EEG biofeedback training system that enables people to 'flex' the neural substrate of self-control.

Jordan Silberman is an MD/PhD student at the University of Rochester where he studies neuroeconomics—the neural basis of decision making. He is currently developing a technique in which brain-computer interface technology is used to promote brain activity that may facilitate self-controlled behavior. Jordan also has a broad spectrum of research interests outside of neuroeconomics. He has conducted research at the University of Pennsylvania and at Harvard Medical School, and has published articles on psychology, pediatric palliative care, health care communication, bioethics, and proteomics. His research has been covered by The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, NPR, Prevention, Good Housekeeping, and others. Jordan holds master’s degrees in psychology from the Universities of Pennsylvania and Rochester. He looks forward to a career in research and clinical medicine.