ELSC Seminar: April 30th, 2019

ELSC cordially invites you to the lecture given by:


Dr. Shir Atzil

Department of Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


On the topic of:

Growing a social brain”


It has long been assumed that social animals, such as humans, are born with a brain system that has evolved to support social affiliation. However, the evidence does not necessarily support this assumption. Alternatively, social animals can be defined as those who cannot survive alone and rely on members from their group to regulate their ongoing physiology (or allostasis). The rather simple evolutionary constraint of social dependency for survival can be sufficient to make the social environment vitally salient, and to provide the ultimate driving force for socially crafted brain development and learning. In this talk, I will propose a framework for sociality and specify a set of hypotheses on the mechanisms of social development and underlying neural systems. I will suggest that profound human characteristics, including but not limited to sociality, are acquired at an early age, while social interactions provide key wiring instructions that determine brain development.