John Christianson "Social Affective Decision Making and the Insular Cortex


Tuesday, October 23, 2018


5:00 pm


Taylor Hall 203-Auditorium

Dr. John Christianson is the Gianinno Family Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor of Psychology at Boston College. He studies how stress interacts with the neural systems that permit individuals to adapt to potentially dangerous and changing environments. The current emphasis is on the neural mechanisms that underly safety learning.

"Social Affective Decision Making and the Insular Cortex"

Abstract: Disorders involving social behaviors such as autism spectrum disorder are increasingly prevalent, yet the pathophysiological bases for these conditions elude researchers and current treatments are woefully inadequate. The insular cortex is highly implicated in both normal and pathological social affective processes such as emotion recognition and empathy. This presentation will review evidence for insular involvement in social decision making and begin to connect the anatomical dots between the insular cortex and the social brain.

Sponsored by: Psychological Science, Biology, Neuroscience and Behavior, Cognitive Science and Philosophy Departments

Sharon Dominguez

Psychology Department