Eminent historian of science Ruth Leys’ new book in the Elements in Histories of Emotions and the Senses series at Cambridge University Press, Newborn Imitation: The Stakes of a Controversy is free to download until 21 July.
The book touches on Silvan Tomkins, Paul Ekman, mirror neurons, and other key issues in the emotions field.
Friday 10 February 2012, 12.30-17.30 hrs
VU University Amsterdam, Aurorazaal
‘The business of understanding the transmission of affect, in terms of theory, science, and practice, has barely begun’
– Teresa Brennan, The Transmission of Affect (2004)
How and why do we sense and share the emotions of others? The question of how we are moved by the feelings of others has long remained largely unexplored in psychology, neurology, and language research. It is only recently that various disciplines have begun to unravel the mechanisms of empathy, emotional contagion, and the operations of affect in watching a film or reading a novel.
This interdisciplinary symposium brings together three scientists who explore the transmission of emotions from different disciplinary perspectives: neurology, social psychology and psycholinguistics. Their lectures will introduce current knowledge of the transmission of emotion in these three fields. The symposium seeks to encourage interdisciplinary exchange on this broad-ranging topic so fundamental to understanding human interaction.
Christian Keysers (neurology): The emphatic brain
Agneta Fischer (social psychology): The regulation of social relations through emotional mimicry
Jos van Berkum (psycholinguistics): So what about emotion in language?
Registration closed on 25 January 2012
This event is organized by the Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies, sponsored by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research and the Faculty of Arts, VU University.