'Social cognition development during adolescenc'

Frankland 309b
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Tuesday 8th December 2015 (14:00-15:00)
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Part of the Social Cognitive Neuroscience and Development Group Seminar Series

Speaker: Iroise Dumontheil, Birkbeck

Adolescence is usually defined as the period of physical, psychological and social transition between childhood and adulthood. Adolescents have been shown to be particularly susceptible to peer influence, suggesting that social cognition maturation may be critical in accounting for adolescents’ behaviour. A separate strand of research has investigated changes in executive functions, or cognitive control, during adolescence. Social cognition tasks often require the use of theory of mind in combination with executive functions processes of goals management, action selection and inhibitory control. I will present research which, by employing paradigms that combine executive function and social cognition demands, investigates the development of the neural and behavioural correlates of complex cognition during adolescence.