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Although individual differences are present for almost all social attitudes and behaviours studied to date, the origin of this variation is still not well understood. To achieve such understanding it is becoming clear that interdisciplinary investigations are required that adequately embrace both social and biological approaches. The goal of this two-day meeting is to shed light on how DNA leads to social and moral behaviour, and how these effects are mediated (e.g. via neural, hormonal substrates) and moderated.

Meeting Structure

The meeting will differ from most conferences in that we will devote much of the schedule to keynote events. Our keynote speakers represent interdisciplinary approaches to social behavior, capturing evolutionary, neuroscience, or genetic methodologies. Moreover, our keynotes will play multiple roles throughout the meeting: they will present a keynote lecture, provide commentary to other keynotes' lectures, and participate in a panel discussion during the meeting on "Advances and challenges in biosocial science".

Prof. Philip Corr (City University: personality neuroscience)
Prof. Ian Penton Voak (University of Bristol: evolutionary psychology)
Prof. Constantine Sedikidis (University of Southampton: social and personality psychology)
Prof. David Skuse (University College London: neurogenetics of social cogniton)
Prof. Essi Viding (University College London: genetics and neuroscience of psychopathy)

June 30th and July 1st; Department of Psychology, University of York.

Abstract Submission
We also warmly welcome abstract submissions for both oral and poster presentations from researchers whose work addresses issues relevant to biosocial psychological understandings. We don't have a strict interpretation of what might fall under this umbrella, but work that addresses social minds (e.g. morality, social perception, altruism/cooperation, political attitudes, prejudice, justice, emotion) from a biological perspective (e.g. genetics, neuroscience, evolutionary theory, endocrinology, psychophysiology) are especially welcome. This work need not necessarily be empirical; theoretical or philosophical work is also encouraged.

Important Dates
  • Abstract submission deadline: June 3rd at midnight
  • There is no formal registration deadline, but because we are limited in capacity for the meeting we encourage early registration in order to avoid disappointment.
We are grateful for financial support provided by the Galton Institute and from the European Human Behaviour & Evolution Association.