To promote, facilitate, and sustain collaborations among established and distinguished neuroscientists and Psychocultural researchers, we provide an annual summer forum where leading neuroscientists and social scientists can meet to:
- Develop new areas of interdisciplinary research
- Strengthen the theoretical and methodological tools required to facilitate integrative research on culture and brain interactions.
- Explore strategies for promoting and sustaining such research.
The workshops emphasize informal, but intensive conceptual and strategic discussions.
The FPR held its first inaugural workshop on June 28 - July 1, 2001 in Ojai, CA. Thirty-two distinguished participants were invited to the symposium and exchanged ideas on new research on culture-brain interactions.
The second FPR workshop on Brain, Mind and Culture Interactions was held on June 13-16, 2002 at the Ojai.
The third FPR Workshop on Brain, Mind, and Culture was held on October 9-12, 2003 at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla. The main focus for this workshop was on Trauma and early Relational Experiences, Social Contexts, and developmental Trajectories.
The fourth annual FPR Workshop took place on July 28-31, 2004, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The event, which was co-sponsored by the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard University, and the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University, was a training workshop for Indonesian professionals.
The fifth FPR workshop was held on March 4-5, 2006 at Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, CA. The main focus for this workshop was on Culture, Brain, and Emotion.
The sixth FPR workshop was held on May 17-18, 2008 in Pacific Palisades, CA. The main focus for this workshop was on Culture, Brain, and Psychopathology.
The seventh FPR workshop (co-sponsored by UCLA and McGill University, and Neuroscience in Context) was held on January 28-29, 2009 at UCLA. The main focus for this workshop was on Critical Neuroscience: Challenging Reductionism in Psychiatry and Social Neuroscience.
The eighth FPR workshop was held on October 30, 2011 at UCLA. The main focus for this workshop was on The Emerging Neuroscience of Culture: Prospects and Challenges.
The ninth FPR workshop was held on March 1, 2014 at UCLA. The main focus for this workshop was as an FPR-UCLA Sex & Gender Conference-Planning Workshop.