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BPS sponsored symposium to take place at BNA 2017 Festival of Neuroscience

09 March 2017

The BPS have sponsored an event on the social nature of humans at this year's BNA Festival of Neuroscience.

A British Psychological Society (BPS) sponsored symposium on the social nature of humans will take place on Thursday 13 April at the British Neuroscience Association’s (BNA) 2017 Festival of Neuroscience at the ICC in Birmingham.

As a partner society of the BNA, the BPS have sponsored an event entitled ‘What is special about social?’ - a question that will be explored from four different perspectives by four guest speakers from universities across the UK.

Professor Bhismadev Chakrabarti, from the University of Reading, will chair the event and commented:

"What does it mean to be 'social'? How did 'social'-ness evolve? How do we study 'social' behaviour in a laboratory setting? These are some of the questions we hope to discuss at our symposium at the BNA Festival of Neuroscience.

Social behaviour lies at the heart of the human experience. Recent empirical efforts within psychology and neuroscience to understand processes in social behaviour have led to sub-disciplines such as social neuroscience and social cognitive affective neuroscience. Despite the high levels of interest, the term 'social' continues to be ill-defined. Our symposium will systematically address this definitional question from evolutionary and developmental perspectives and use insights from individuals with and without psychopathological conditions marked by difficulties in social behaviour."

More information on the 2017 Festival of Neuroscience and details on how to attend can be found on the BNA website.

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