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15:00 - 16:00 25 February 2015

Division of Psychiatry seminar: Adolescence as a sensitive period for social brain development


Bedford Way G03 | (link Map)
26 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0DS | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Prof Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience & Deputy Director, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Professor Blakemore is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. She is Leader of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Her group's research focuses on social cognition and decision-making in human adolescence.

The brain has evolved to understand and interact with other people. This talk focuses on how the social brain, that is the network of brain regions involved in understanding others, develops during adolescence. Adolescence is a time characterised by change - hormonally, physically, psychologically and socially. Social cognitive processes involved in navigating an increasingly complex social world continue to develop throughout human adolescence. In the past 20 years, neuroscience research has shown that the human brain develops both structurally and functionally during adolescence. Areas of the social brain undergo significant reorganisation in terms of structure and function during the second decade of life, which possibly reflects a sensitive period for adapting to the social environment. I will discuss the importance of taking into account the social environment and the social brain when considering adolescent-typical behaviour.


Berni Courtney
020 7679 9467 | b.courtney@ucl.ac.uk