The world-renowned Neuroscientist, Dr. Ralph Adolphs, currently appointed to PWS as visiting professor, gave a seminar entitled ‘The neuroscience of human social cognition’ on April 25th, 2016. The seminar was held at the Yoshida Izumidono, a facility at Kyoto University noted for its elegant Japanese architecture. Due to the limited space in this exclusive venue, the seminar was open to the public, but required pre-registration. Just two days after pre-registration opened, all available seats had been filled.
The seminar was hosted jointly by
the Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study (KUIAS),
the Graduate School of Medicine, the Department of Neuroscience,
Kyoto University Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science,
and the Unit for Advanced Studies of the Human Mind.
Dr Adolphs talked about the background and recent findings of cognitive neuroscience research. The contents of his talk were three-fold: social perception, attribution, and social behavior. In particular, main focus of his talk was on comparative studies of patients of amygdala lesion, autistic people, and healthy people. The talk was followed by about one hour discussion.