Course Title: CE Workshop 11 - Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience: From the Clinic and into the Wild (Ibanez)

Credit Hours: 1.0

Instructor(s) Agustin Ibanez

Agustín Ibáñez, PhD
Cognitive Neuroscience Center (CNC)
Universidad de San Andres
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Independent Researcher
National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina
Full Professor
Center for Social and Cognitive Neuroscience (CSCN)
School of Psychology
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
Santiago de Chile, Chile
Senior Atlantic Fellow
Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI)-UCSF
San Francisco, California, US

CE Workshop # 11:

Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience: From the Clinic and into the Wild

Abstract & Learning Objectives:

Having overcome several shortcomings of old-fashioned neuroscience, social cognitive affective neuroscience (SCAN) represents a promising new approach. Nevertheless, SCAN entails new challenges for a translation into everyday cognitive life. Most of SCAN still conceives human cognition as resulting from the operation of compartmentalized, reflexive, and context-free mechanisms. Our experimental paradigms have provided precise correlates for fragments of analytically decomposed units, such as bodiless faces, intention-blind interactions, language-free actions, and situation-independent words. We have accumulated massive knowledge about isolated phenomena that never manifest as such outside the laboratory. However, the mind is situated beyond experimental precautions in its daily workings. Social interactions in real life involve continuous and active negotiations with other people in profoundly changing conditions. From a theoretical viewpoint, classical theories supporting segregated models, the limits of multilevel and transdisciplinary co-construction, and the theoretical distance among disciplines represent essential barriers. I will propose a new research framework called Intercognition. I will provide support for this view from neurocognitive naturalistic social cognitive process such as ecological tasks assessing social cognition, interoception, language and action; as well as their applications to different psychiatric (depression, anxiety, panic attack, OCD) and neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, multiple sclerosis, ataxia). I will also introduce relevant translational applications of SCAN to everyday cognition in different domains such as violence, behavioral insights, and brain capital. I will propose experimental designs (tapping the social-linguistic-motoric triangle; second-person and two-person neuroscience, semiotic integration of multimodal process) and methodological implementations (dynamics of self-organizing networks; machine learning; hyperscanning; decoding) to foster a more naturalistic and ecological approach to intercognition. By moving towards this horizon, the SCAN will plunge from the laboratory into the core of social life.

Upon conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe basic limits and possibilities of social cognitive affective neuroscience (SCAN)
  • Compare SCAN applications to different domains (clinic, ecological cognition, policy makers)
  • Utilize current state-of-the-art to anticipate future SCAN innovations working beyond the laboratory

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Agustín Ibáñez has a relevant track record on social cognitive and affective neuroscience, as well as dementia research, with +120 publications in the last 5 years, including works in top-ten journals (e.g. Nature Reviews Neurology, Nature Human Behavior, Brain, JAMA Neurology, World Psychiatry, Journal of Neuroscience). In Argentina, he is director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Center, and researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council. In Chile he is full professor at the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez. He also is Senior Atlantic Fellow of the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) at UCSF-US. He is Associate Editor of several journals, as well as President of the Latin-American section of the Society for Social Neuroscience. He directs the Multi-partner consortium to expand dementia research in Latin America (ReDLat) aimed to identity the unique genetic and socioeconomic/social determinants of health that drive Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in Latin America (funded by NIH-Alzheimer’s Association-Tau Consortium, and GBHI). His work has been highlighted in media coverage, including the BBC, CNN, Nature, Nature News, Discovery Channel, Popular Science, Daily Mail, Newsweek, Le Monde, and Oxford University Press.