«ETTORE MAJORANA» FOUNDATION AND CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC CULTURE
TO PAY A PERMANENT TRIBUTE TO ARCHIMEDES AND GALILEO GALILEI, FOUNDERS OF MODERN SCIENCE AND TO ENRICO FERMI, THE "ITALIAN NAVIGATOR", FATHER OF THE WEAK FORCES

International School of Neuroscience

Sir John Eccles

Directors: Prof. Giacomo Rizzolatti and Prof. Pier Francesco Ferrari

Neurobiology of Social Behaviors
Erice, Sicily: September 09-14, 2023

Organizers: F. Papaleo, S. Wagner, V. Grinevich, Pf. Ferrari

Animals (including humans) are social entities, living in social structures, organizing themselves and operating within the framework of cooperative interactive behaviors. Complex, heterogeneous and continuous social interactions are evolutionary conserved processes, shaping our life and survival. These are processes defining the entire society as well as each individual well-being. Indeed, they don't influence only “social behaviors” per se, but are critical in several other domains such as decision making, planning, language, spatial processing, stress, learning, etc. Moreover, most psychopathologies and neurodevelopmental disorders are associated with disregulation of social behaviors and therefore our comprehension of their neural bases is critical for many aspects.

But are all these interactions qualitatively the same? Does ‘social interaction’ have the same meaning for different subjects in different contexts? Which core aspects of complex social interactions are really conserved between different species? What are the mechanisms underlying all these distinct social behaviors?

In this workshop we bring together leading experts in this field who will apply an interdisciplinary approach to social behaviors to better understand their evolution, organization and regulatory mechanisms. The workshop will attempt to understand these aspects of social behaviors in different animal species (including humans) and will foster discussion between scholars, students and researchers from different fields of sciences: Neuroscience, Ethology, Psychology, and Psychiatry.