Introduced in 1992, social neuroscience seeks to specify the neural, hormonal, cellular, and genetic mechanisms underlying social structures and processes (Cacioppo & Bernston, 1992). The past twenty-four years have seen not only the acceptance of the field of social neuroscience, but also its tremendous growth as an integrative and interdisciplinary field, as several neuroimaging procedures were burgeoning, and human lesion studies, comparative research, and animal models began to focus more on the biological basis of social behaviors. With such a fast growth, there is a crucial need for social neuroscientists to stay up-to-date on the available neuroimaging methods and cutting-edge analytic tools to study the social brain and its dynamics. To help ensure that the training of undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and faculty interested in social neuroscience sustains advances and innovations in neuroimaging, the University of Chicago Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience (CCSN)'s high-performance electrical neuroimaging (HPEN) laboratory regularly organizess the University of Chicago Neuroimaging Workshop (CNW) series. This year's CNW program focuses on BEST PRACTICES IN SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE. For more details or to volunteer, contact Director of the High-Performance Electrical Neuroimaging Laboratory, Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audience includes students, fellows, and faculty interested in learning more about the cutting-edge advances in electrical neuroimaging and in methods to investigate the spatiotemporal brain dynamics from animal and/or human research in social neuroscience. By bringing together participants from various background (beginner, intermediate, expert) and various departments/institutions, CNW aims to teach participants about the inherently interdisciplinary nature of the enterprise and the importance of interdisciplinary research teams to address their individual questions. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of interdisciplinary scientific teams in neuroimaging.
The CCSN creates a rich intellectual and supportive academic environment to UChicago researchers and scholars in their pursuit to address big problems facing society, with an emphasis on rethinking what is possible. The CCSN does this through an international, interdisciplinary, and multi-level approach ranging from genes to societies, that utilizes multiple methods in human studies and animal models. The common core for the CCSN is rigor, quantification, and theoretical sophistication shaped by reproducible empiricsm designed to disconfirm, or at least to identifiy the limits of, rather than to confirm a priori expectations.
The Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology, and Human Behavior is the intellectual home for a diverse group of scholars and scientists working together to advance our understanding of the brain. The Institute’s many experts, including neuroscientists, physicists, psychologists, molecular engineers, and computer scientists—just to name a few, aim to reveal how the human brain and our social and physical environments interact—and how this influences our health and behavior. This knowledge is essential for improving treatment and developing cures for devastating conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and Alzheimer’s disease and advancing other aspects of human endeavor and performance.
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