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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

Development and cognition

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Acquiring, refining and retaining good social skills is a key challenge in human development from infancy to ageing. At the same time, the quality of our social interactions and relationships greatly impacts our physical health and well-being. We study social development to address two key questions: 1. What biological and environmental factors impact social learning and how we interact with each other? 2. Through which mechanisms do social interactions and relationships affect resilience and well-being across the lifespan? We combine research in animals with behavioural, psychophysiology and neuroimaging studies in humans to understand the impact of social interactions on individual development.

Key questions:

  • What are the biological and environmental factors affecting social development and integration?
  • What factors influence effectiveness of digital and/or AI interventions to promote positive social interaction?
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