The Uncommon Man

January 24, 2009

Conference: Understanding Violence - Recent advances in biology, sociology and modeling

The laboratory of Behavioral Genetics, within the Brain and Mind Institute-School of Life Science at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)/Switzerland is organizing an international symposium, Understanding Violence – Recent advances in biology, sociology and modeling - EPFL Latsis Symposium 2009 which will take place on February 11-12th & 13th, 2009 on the EPFL campus. (see more info below, attached, and in the webpage http://latsis2009.epfl.ch/).

Despite great interest in understanding the major causes of violence and in developing effective prevention and intervention programs, knowledge generated by experts on different fields is nowadays fragmented and generally circumscribed to the circles where it is generated. Violent behaviour is related to complex environmental and social circumstances, but heritable and other biological factors are also implicated. An integrated view of the causes of violence should take into account sociological and psychological aspects, together with biological, evolutionary and modeling approaches. This Symposium on violence will bring together world leaders from each of these fields to discuss major recent advances in

--> biological (genetic risk factors; stress; hormonal alterations; neuroimaging data on brain function alterations),

--> psycho-sociological (hierarchical relationships and population health; elements of the micro-context; developmental trajectories) and

--> modeling approaches (virtual reality and emotions; computational models on the development of hierarchical societies) to foster actual interactions between these fields.

We hope this symposium will be of your interest. May we kindly ask you to share this announcement with your colleagues and networks interested in this thematic?

Posted by Aaron Buford at January 24, 2009 09:25 AM

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