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Values and Empathy across Social Barriers: A Neurocognitive Approach to Fairness

Values and Empathy across Social Barriers: A Neurocognitive Approach to Fairness

Friday, November 21, 2008 - Saturday, November 22, 2008

CosmoCaixa , Barcelona

Presented By


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Using the tools of neuroscience and social science, researchers have learned a great deal about the brain's role in human behavior and interactions.

This November, international scientific leaders and young investigators will convene for the first Barcelona Social Neuroscience Conference, an exciting two-day event featuring talks, poster presentations, and a public lecture on the interdisciplinary field of social neuroscience. Through a neuroscientific lens, participants will examine the human qualities of empathy, sacred values, and cooperation, and focus on the ways in which what they learn can be used to understand human conflicts.

Session I: From animosity to empathy: Neuroimaging studies on the building blocks of fairness
Session II: Genetic markers for good and bad cooperators: A biological approach to fairness in economic exchanges
Session III: Sacred values: Anthropological and psychological perspectives on fairness in social conflicts

Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Scott Atran, University of Michigan
  • Arcadi Navarro, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Kevin Ochsner, Columbia University
  • Adolf Tobeña, Autonomous University of Barcelona


Presented by



Thanks to the National Science Foundation for their generous support of this meeting.