What are the neurobiological systems that enable humans to participate in social life, form attachments, empathize with the thoughts and feelings of others, form social groups, and develop a moral code? And how do disruptions to these systems underpin psychopathology and physical illness? Over the last decade, neuroscientific investigations using a variety of advanced tools have begun to address these questions, employing cross-species models and a developmental approach toward the formation of a new "two-person neuroscience".
In the inaugural conference of the Center for Developmental Social Neuroscience and the Simms/Mann Chair, sixteen top scholars from across the world will gather to discuss advances in developmental social neuroscience.  Talks will integrate studies in rodents, primates, and humans; infant and adult neuroscience; epigenetics and the microbiome; functional imaging and brain oscillations; and cellular and molecular investigations on neural plasticity, early experiences, and inter-brain communication. Scholars will highlight the relevance of the findings for understanding psychiatric conditions associated with impaired social abilities, such as autism, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.  Our combined effort aims to integrate knowledge on the neurobiological basis of human sociality that may lead to the development of targeted neuroscience-based interventions. 

October 3 - 4, 2018

Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya


For registration: https://www.idc.ac.il/en/schools/psychology/dsn-event/pages/home.aspx