The formal colloquium of the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of
Sciences it the main ongoing periodic series of lectures in physics and
related science, of interest to members of the Institute. It is held from
1977. Colloquium speakers are primarily domestic and foreign scholars of
established reputation, but also less-known physicists with remarkable and
current scientific achievements. The colloquium is held once a month from
September to June, usually at 3:15 PM on the last Tuesday of the month in
the Auditorium of the Institute of Physics. Colloquia are open to the
public, and are preceded by a coffee/the reception at the Institute.
For future information about the colloquia, pleace contact Prof. Dr. hab. Tomasz Dietl
(firstname.lastname@example.org), current chairman of the colloquium committee.
NOTICE OF NEXT COLLOQUIUM
We are pleased to announce that on June 12th 2018 (Tuesday)
at 15:15 in the Institute of Physics, in the L. Sosnowski's auditorium
will be held colloquium of the Institute of Physics PAS, in which:
Dr. hab. Ewelina Knapska
from Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology,
will give a lecture entitled:
Neuronal correlates of socially transferred emotions
We cordially invite to attend the colloquium and please to inform other interested persons.
Before the colloquium, at 14:45, participants are welcome for coffee, tea and biscuits.
Social interactions are very important for human beings. In this respect we are not much different from many
other animal species for which social interactions are crucial for survival and reproduction. The impairments
of social interactions are observed in many brain disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia
or in disorders of personality. One of the pillars of good relationships with peers is empathy. Empathy is complex,
multilayered phenomenon, which is based on ability to recognize and understand emotions of others. Sharing emotions
between individuals (emotional contagion) is one of the simplest forms of social interaction.
Understanding how brain controls social interactions is one of the central goals of neuroscience. Whereas social
interactions and their effects on the emotional state of an individual are relatively well described at the behavioral level,
much less is known about neural mechanisms involved in these very complex phenomena, especially in the amygdala,
a key structure processing emotions in the brain. We use laboratory models of emotional contagion to identify
and characterize the neuronal circuits controlling socially transferred emotions.
I will describe the contemporary theories of empathy that assume evolutionary continuity of the phenomenon
and show how we can use animal models to learn about the mechanisms underlying sharing emotions between individuals
at very precise level of neuronal circuits.