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The Faculty of Science and Engineering Garriott Lecture Series

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Adolescence as a sensitive period of social brain development: Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

Wednesday 4 March 2015 at 6.30pm
Drapers Lecture Theatre, Geography Building, Queen Mary University of London

To book your place click here (http://www.qmul.ac.uk/events/items/2015/146666.html)

Professor Blakemore will discuss the importance of the social environment and the social brain when considering adolescent-typical behaviour. Adolescence is a period of formative biological and social transition. It is the period of life in which a sense of self-identity, and particularly the social self, undergoes profound development. Social cognitive processes involved in navigating an increasingly complex social world continue to develop throughout human adolescence.

Professor Blakemore will outline research from the past 15 years that has demonstrated the significant functional and structural changes in the brain during adolescence, including how areas of the social brain undergo significant reorganisation in terms of structure, function and connectivity during the second decade of life. The changes in social environment that occur during adolescence might therefore interact with increasing executive functions, heightened social sensitivity and the developing social brain to influence a number of adolescent behaviours, including risk-taking, peer influence and self-consciousness.

A reception in the Queens’ Building Senior Common Room will follow.

For more information and to book your place click here (http://www.qmul.ac.uk/events/items/2015/146666.html)

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