The social brain and its development

Published on May 18, 2010 Reviewed on April 12, 2022   38 min

A selection of talks on Neurology

My name is Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, I'm the head of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group at UCL and I will be talking about the social brain and its development.
In my talk I'm firstly going to describe what I mean by the social brain, I'll then talk about how the social brain develops structurally particularly during the period of adolescence, I'll then talk about functional development of the social brain in adolescence, and finally I'll talk about behavioural development of 'theory of mind' usage during adolescence. First of all, what is the social brain?
The aspect of the social brain that my research is most focused on is the way we are very readily able to read other people's social/emotional responses. Without having to ask people, you have a very good idea of what's going on in their heads, what they're thinking and feeling at this precise moment in time. Unintended pause, please skip to 1:41, or click slide 4 in the slide index.