Sylvius Lectures

Sylvius Lectures

sylvius1The Sylvius Lectures refer to a prestigious lecture series organized and funded by the Leiden Institute for brain and Cognition (LIBC). Named after the German-Dutch physiologist and anatomist Franciscus Sylvius, discoverer of the brain’s Sylvian fissure, who died in Leiden in 1672, this annual lecture series presents a set of five or six internationally renowned speakers. Research areas of these invited speakers relate to one of the LIBC hot spots, i.e. Junior (brain development), Language, Stress or Pharmacology.
The lectures are open to all, no registration is required.

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Date & Time: 9 May, 2019, 4.30pm
Location: Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen, Pieter de la Court gebouw, Wassenaarseweg 52, SA41 

 

The aim of my talk is to review and integrate recent advances in our understanding of the multi-faceted construct of empathy. The first part of  the talk will focus on psychopharmacological neuroimaging investigations highlighting a prominent role of the opioid system in sharing the pain of others. It will propose that affect sharing is a key component of empathy, and that shared representations between self and other might be at the root of this. In the second part, however, I will stress that affect sharing needs to be complemented by mechanisms keep our own affective states distinct from those of the others. Using a series of experiments weaving together brain stimulation, neuroimaging, and healthy aging, I will demonstrate that the right supramarginal gyrus plays a crucial role in enabling this process.

 

Date & Time:  19 september 2019
Location: Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen, Pieter de la Court gebouw, Wassenaarseweg 52, room 1A-20

 

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