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Tuesday, October 9 • 9:15am - 10:00am
Plenary Session V: "Development of the Brain and Social Cognition in Adolescence"

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Social cognitive processes involved in navigating an increasingly complex social world continue to develop throughout human adolescence. Adolescence is a period of life often characterised by behaviours that, prima facie, are irrational, such as seemingly excessive risk-taking and impulsivity. However, these behaviours can be interpreted as adaptive and rational if one considers that a key developmental goal of this period of life is to mature into an independent adult in the context of a social world that is unstable and changing. In the past 20 years, neuroscience research has shown that the human brain develops both structurally and functionally during adolescence. Areas of the social brain undergo significant reorganization during the second decade of life, which might reflect a sensitive period for adapting to the social environment.

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Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Deputy Director, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. She is Leader of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group and Deputy Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Her group's research focuses on brain development in human adolescence. Professor... Read More →

Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:15am - 10:00am EDT
American Ballroom Westin Copley Place, fourth floor