Lecture by Prof Morten Kringelbach

On 6 December 2017, the NRF Science for Society will host a lecture entitled ‘The Parental Brain: New Insights from Brain Imaging’, by Professor Morten Kringelbach. It will be held at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg.

The lecture is the last in the Brain Matters Seminar Series, funded by the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development and the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS), and supported by the Wits Cortex Club and the Southern African Neuroscience Society. The lecture will be presented in partnership with SAfm and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

DATE: Wednesday 6 December 2017
TIME: 17h30 for refreshments, 18h30 for the lecture
VENUE: Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, 6 Jubilee Road, Parktown, Johannesburg
INVITATION: For a downloadable invitation, click here.
RSVP: by 30 November to sahba.besharati@wits.ac.za


For many people, becoming a parent is one of life’s most rewarding and transformative experiences, yet until recently little was known about how this experience changes the brain.

In this lecture, Professor Kringelbach of Aarhus and Oxford Universities will share new insights into how fast brain signatures (the rapid spread of neural activity) are evoked by the sight and sounds of babies.

He will talk about how the cuteness of infants – as a protective survival mechanism – shapes human lives. Lastly, he will talk about cutting-edge research using new technologies in brain imaging that reveal specific areas in the brain that control the caregiving instinct.

Professor Kringelbach’s prize-winning research uses neuroimaging and whole-brain computational models of, for example, responses to infants, taste, sex, drugs and music to find ways to increase eudaimonia (well-being).

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