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Simons Foundation: The Pleasure of Pain

Community Culture Education Entertainment


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Simons Foundation Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
160 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010

From a simple headache to chronic suffering and from the demands of extreme sports to having your heart broken; pain can take many forms and all of us have experienced it in some measurement during our lives.

Neuroscientists are trying to understand the mechanisms underlying this universal yet complex and subjective experience during both painful and pleasurable conditions.

But scientists are not alone in the quest to better understand pain. Historians are also trying to understand the phenomena of pain and how it is reflected in society. What are the dynamics between pain and reward, and how does that overlap with broader societal issues such as addiction and cultural masochism?

Join behavioral neuroscientist Andre B. Toussaint and cultural historian Javier Moscoso as they sit down with Radiolab’s Molly Webster to discuss the complexity of pain and how it shows up across science, society and culture.


  • This event is 18+
  • Registration will close at 2:00 PM the day of the event
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  • By registering to attend this event, participants agree to follow the Simons Foundation Code of Conduct

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