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- Friday 30 March 2012
- 8.00pm to 9.15pm
- Lecturers: Prof Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
The brain has evolved to understand and interact with other people. In the past 20 years neuroscience has shed light on the neurophysiological basis of the “social brain”, the network of brain regions involved in understanding others.
This talk focuses on how the social brain develops during adolescence. Adolescence is a period of life characterised by hormonal, physical, psychological and social change. Recently, neuroscience research has revolutionised our understanding of the adolescent brain. Brain imaging research has revealed that the cortex develops during adolescence in terms of both its structure and how it functions. Social brain regions undergo particularly protracted development in adolescence. This research might contribute to an explanation of behaviours that are typically associated with adolescence, including risk-taking and peer influence. The research also has potential implications for the education and legal treatment of young people.
Tickets: Free to Full and Faraday Members, £10 Associate Members and £15 guests
If you haven't been before, you should bear in mind that FEDs are by tradition formal occasions, and while evening dress is not obligatory, it is customary. Smart dress is acceptable.
Make a night of it! Come for a cocktail or eat something delicious, modern and British from the special March FED menu. The bar and café at the Ri has the perfect atmosphere for a night out.
Listen to the audio archive of this event:
http://ri.content.s3.amazonaws.com/podcasts/2012/03March/FED 300312 The adolescent brain.mp3