The Social Brain                                             

Audiotorium Minderbroedersberg 4-6

Prof. Frank Van Overwalle
Professor of Social Neuroscience Brain Body and Cognition Department, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Social intelligence is still a somewhat underestimated capacity, which is gaining importance in today's society as companies place more emphasis on collaboration in teams, and perhaps especially because we were in the recent past confronted with how important social contact is to us during the Covid epidemic. Which brain areas play an important role in social thinking and action? Prof. Van Overwalle (Vrije Universiteit Brussels) explains how the specific brain areas support your social thinking and understanding of other people, and takes you through recent brain discoveries from the last 20 years to today. Not only basic functions of the social brain, but also some recent discoveries that have important implications on social dysfunctions, such as autism, are reviewed. The audience will be invited to participate in short and easy real-life tests (from actual experiments) to experience themselves how the social brain works.



13 September 2023

20:00 - 21:30