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A Father’s Love: Actor Joe Mantegna on his Daughter’s Autism

You may know him as David Rossi in the popular TV series “Criminal Minds” or the voice of Fat Tony on “The Simpsons,” but what you might not know is that actor Joe Mantegna is the parent of an autistic child. Twenty-four years ago he and his wife, Arlene, sat across from a doctor hearing the words no parent wants to hear: “I’m pretty sure your daughter is autistic.” […]

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Joseph LeDoux on Fear, Emotions, and Memory

Joseph LeDoux has spent 30 years studying the biological underpinnings of memory and emotion, especially the mechanisms of fear. A Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science and professor of neural science and psychology at New York University, his concentration on the amygdala, that almond-shaped structure in the brain’s temporal lobe having to do with emotional behavior […]

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K and Kwe

USING WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING TO BUILD SELFESTEEM, SELF-EXPRESSION, PERSONAL GROWTH AND HEALING Michael Kweku (“Kwe”) Owusu grew up in the Arts Center, a constructed community attached to Accra’s Centre for National Culture, where some of […]