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Jean Decety: On the neurobiological mechanisms of empathy and caring: Ultimate causes and proximate mechanisms

Jean Decety
Jean Decety
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Linnaeus environment Cognition, Communication and Learning (CCL) welcomes Professor Jean Decety. Abstract: Drawing from data and theories in evolutionary biology and social neuroscience, I will discuss why and how empathic concern and caring for others have evolved and that kin selection, reciprocal altruism and group selection can be viewed as consequences of the caring emotion. Because of our cognitive and conscious capacities to process social information, we can use perspective-taking to understand the unique experiences of people how may not be like us, like out-group members. Though it may be mentally taxing, this strategy has several positive consequences for down-stream inter-group relations. I will conclude that caring for others is the result of laws of nature, forces of culture and contingencies of history.

JEAN DECETY, M.S., PH.D.

Irving B. Harris Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry

University of Chicago and the College Co-director of the Brain Research Imaging Center University of Chicago Medicine

5848 S. University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637 - USA
E-mail: decety [at] uchicago.edu
Lab web site:
www.scnl.org
Child Neurosuite: www.childneurosuite.org
Faculty web page:
psychology.uchicago.edu/people/faculty/jdecety.shtml

 

I am interested in understanding how the human brain processes socio-emotional information in the service of adaptive behavior, from a social neuroscience perspective. My research examines the neurobiological and computational mechanisms underlying affective interpersonal processes, in particular empathy, perspective-taking, moral decision-making, and prosocial behavior. I also study the neurodevelopment of social evaluations, moral judgment and moral behavior in infants and children using the latest brain imaging such as functional MRI, and electrophysiological techniques, combined with eye- tracking, autonomic nervous system, behavioral measures and genetics. Because various psychopathologies are characterized by deficits in interpersonal sensitivity, my Lab further explores dysfunctions in the biopsychological mechanisms underpinning social-emotional information processing in children and adults with developmental and personality disorders including aggressive conduct disorder and psychopathy. This multi-level approach (from genes to behavior), bridging affective neuroscience, neurobiology, genetics, developmental science, social and personality psychology, has the unique potential for generating new hypotheses concerning social cognitive disorders and aids our understanding and treatment of abnormal human social behavior.

 

Tid: 
2013-08-22 13:15 till 15:00
Plats: 
Kungshuset, sal 104
Kontakt: 
eva.sjostrand [at] fil.lu.se

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Tid: 
2013-08-22 13:15 till 15:00
Plats: 
Kungshuset, sal 104
Kontakt: 
eva.sjostrand [at] fil.lu.se

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