Social cognition is the capacity to process socially relevant information in order to adapt to complex affordances created by our social environment. It is an essential component of human communication and interaction.
However, the enormous variations of social behaviour and diversity in human communication often enough challenge our capacity to understand others and can lead to misunderstandings in social encounters. Although research activities from many different fields have identified a variety of factors (e.g. age, gender, culture, language, psychopathology and norm deviance) as influential sources of variance in social information processing, systematic interdisciplinary efforts are still missing.
It is the goal of this workshop to create a fruitful ground for dialogue and exchange and to generate an international and interdisciplinary platform, which would allow the systematic study of causes and effects of variance of social cognition. The workshop will focus on the tension between universality and variability of social cognitive processing and its neural foundations and aims to develop an advanced understanding of previously unaddressed aspects of social cognition.
The workshop is organized by Dr. Alexandra Georgescu, Prof. Dr. Dr. Kai Vogeley, Prof. Dr. Gary Bente.