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Toward a second-person neuroscience & neuropsychiatry

  • Dr. Leonhard Schillbach, Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich
Wednesday 9 November 2016
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

New developments in social neuroscience and implications for the transdiagnostic study of psychiatric disorders.

In spite of the remarkable progress made in the burgeoning field of social neuroscience, the neural mechanisms that underlie social encounters are only beginning to be studied and could – paradoxically – be seen as representing the “dark matter” of social neuroscience. Recent conceptual and empirical developments consistently indicate the need for investigations that allow the study of real-time social encounters in a truly interactive manner. In this talk, I will outline the theoretical conception of a second-person approach to other minds and will present evidence from functional neuroimaging studies to argue for the development of a second-person neuroscience, which may help neuroscience to really “go social”. Furthermore, I will present data from patient studies to indicate how a focus on social interaction may also be relevant for our understanding of the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders construed as disorders of social interaction rather than social observation.

Dr. Leonhard Schillbach, Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich

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