John Cacioppo & Matt Lieberman (July 26th, 27th)

Another theme of the conference is that humans are fundamentally social and need connection with others in order to develop and flourish. We are excited to have two experts on the effects on the brain of social isolation and social connection  speak.  John Cacioppo will talk about loneliness and its cognitive and biological effects on Friday, July 26th. Matt Lieberman will talk about the social nature of the human brain and how brain adaptations useful for social connection can be leveraged to improve education on Saturday, July 27th.

John Cacioppo

John Cacioppo

Prof. Cacioppo (President of the Society for Social Neuroscience) introduced the term social neuroscience over 20 years ago and has specialized in analyzing the effects of loneliness on the primate brain.  He has demonstrated that perceived social isolation in humans is associated with mortality, and he has identified genetic, neuroendocrine, and behavioral mechanisms that contribute to this effect.  Prof. Cacioppo is the recipient of numerous scientific awards and a past-president of the Association for Psychological Science and three other scientific societies; currently Chairs the National Research Council Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences; serves on the NIH Council of the Center for Scientific Review; serves on the Advisory Committee of the NSF Division on Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; and is the President of the Society for Social Neuroscience.

Matt Lieberman

Matt Lieberman

Matt Lieberman (author of the book Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect) coined the term social cognitive neuroscience, an area of research that integrates questions from the social sciences which the methods of cognitive neuroscience and has become a thriving area of research. His work uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the neural bases of social cognition and social experience. In particular, his work has examined the neural bases of social cognition, emotion regulation, persuasion, social rejection, self-knowledge, and fairness. His research has been published in top scientific journals including Science, Nature Neuroscience, American Psychologist, and Psychological Science. He is the author of the book Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect. DL

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