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SAPIENS Early Social Development (SESD) Conference

The emergence of the social brain and behaviour in early childhood:

evidence from typical and atypical development

The first three years of life are particularly critical for children’s long-term social development, health, and wellbeing, due to the formation of core brain functions during this period. These first years are also key for the emergence of developmental disorders like autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Despite the profound importance of early life experiences, our understanding of typical and atypical social development is still limited. Hence, we present the SAPIENS Early Social Development (SESD) conference. 

The SESD conference will focus on the following topics:

1) Dynamics of early social interactions at multiple timescales

2) How the child drives the development of social interaction

3) How parents steer the development of interaction

4) How interactions between children and their environment together predict long-term development.

The conference is arranged by SAPIENS, a European Training network funded by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions of the Horizon 2020 program. This interdisciplinary scientific training network consists of 15 early stage researchers supervised by leading experts in the field across Europe. The aim of the network is to examine early social interactions and how they tune critical brain functions in early childhood. For more information you can visit our website 

The early stage researchers of SAPIENS will present their research in a range of talks, focused on the four topics above. In addition, two keynote speakers, Prof. Dr. Tony Charman and Prof. Dr. Tricia (Striano) Skoler, will talk about mechanisms of ASD development and career pathways in developmental psychology, respectively.   

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