Genetic, cellular, and cognitive approaches to understanding social behavior

A joint Tamagawa University-Caltech Lecture Course

Dates: June 7 and 8, 2011

Website: http://www.theassc.org/conferences/assc_15/social_neuroscience_satellite

Registration: FREE but is required  [ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED BUT ATTENDANCE FOR THE SATELLITE WILL REMAIN OPEN AS LONG AS SPACE IS AVAILABLE]

Venue: Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall, Kyoto, Japan. 

Organizers: Kenji Matsumoto (Tamagawa University, Japan) & Ralph Adolphs (California Institute of Technology, USA).

Sponsors: Sponsored by Tamagawa University Global Center of Excellence Program and the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute.

Contact: Kenji Matsumoto

Conference Summary: This conferenceis is jointly hosted between Tamagawa University (Japan) and Caltech (USA) in the context of a global Centers of Excellence Grant. It is intended for students and faculty with an interest in social neuroscience. A key aim is to bring together international researchers who work in this field. The lectures are intended to be accessible to a general, broad audience. This two-day conference immediately precedes the 15th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, which has its meeting in Kyoto over the following days.

Understanding human social behavior requires a highly interdisciplinary approach, ranging from studies in nonhuman animals to investigations of human social cognition in both health and disease. The methods encompass investigations of the genes that underlie social behaviors, behavioral quantification of the behaviors themselves, as well as neuroimaging of the brain in social cognition. The topic is currently one of the most exciting and vibrant fields in biology and the social sciences, and promises to provide insights into how human society evolved, where it is heading in the future, and how to intervene when it becomes pathological.

 

                                     ---- FULL PROGRAM ----

Tuesday, June 7

9:30 am: Coffee and registration

10:00-10:30: Ralph Adolphs & Kenji Matsumoto (Caltech, USA and Tamagawa University, Japan): welcome, introduction, and
overview of the conference.

10:30-11:30: Ralph Adolphs, Caltech, USA: “The amygdala, autism, and social cognition.”

11:30-12:30: Kevin Pelphrey, Yale University, USA: “Social cognition in autism.” 

12:30-2:00: Discussion and Lunch

2:00-3:00: Katsuki Nakamura, Kyoto University, Japan: "Neural mechanisms of nonverbal communication." 

3:00-4:00: Keise Izuma, Tamagawa University, Japan, and Caltech, USA: “The effects of social reputation in reward processing.”

4:00-4:30: Discussion and coffee break

4:30-5:30: Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Kyoto University Primate research Institute Japan: "The Mind of the Chimpanzee."

5:30-6:30: General Discussion & Poster Session

7:00: Banquet Dinner (separate registration required)

 

Wednesday, June 8

9:30-10:30: Masako Myowa, Kyoto University, Japan: “Evolution of social cognition.”

10:30-11:30: Hidenori Yamasue, University of Tokyo, Japan: “Genetic social neuroimaging.”

11:30-12:30: Colin Camerer, Caltech: "Neural circuitry and strategic thinking in games.

12:30-2:00: Discussion and Lunch.

 

2:00-3:00: Turhan Canli, SUNY Stony Brook, USA: "Integrating genes, brains, and social behavior."

3:00-3:30: Discussion and coffee break.

3:30-4:30: Naotaka Fujii, RIKEN BSI, Japan: “Electrophysiological studies of strategic interactions in monkeys.” 

4:30-4:45: Concluding remarks (Ralph Adolphs and Kenji Matsumoto)

 

Satellite Discussants:

Minoru Kimura, Masamichi Sakagami, Kazuyuki Samejima, Tetsuya Matsuda, from Tamagawa University

Shinsuke Shimojo from Caltech,

Masahiko Haruno from NICT

Hidehiko Takahashi from Kyoto Univ.

 

If you have any questions please contact  Kenji Matsumoto