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Psychology Colloquium: Tristen Inagaki

When: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM  

Where: Swift Hall, Room 107, 2029 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Laura Nevins   847.467.5027

Group: Department of Psychology

Category: Academic


The Northwestern University Psychology Colloquium Series Presents:

Tristen K. Inagaki

University of Pittsburgh


"Giving and Receiving Support: Neurobiological Mechanisms Underlying Social Connection"


Abstract: The experience of connecting with those we love the most is fundamental to health and well-being. Still, our understanding of social integration and bonding is incomplete in important ways. First, knowledge about receiving care and support comes largely from studies on interactions during threatening, stressful times. Missing is an understanding of the arguably more frequent part of human experience, namely when people connect with one another and share positive experiences in the absence of threatening events. Second, there has been an assumption in the literature that the benefits of social support come mainly from the support that is received. However, it is also possible that giving to others can contribute to social, mental, and physical well-being in meaningful ways. Finally, there is still much to learn about the biological pathways that link social interactions with feelings of connection and health. This talk will focus on how giving and receiving support and care to loved ones is good for our relationships and our health with a focus on the role of basic reward circuitry in feelings of connection.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

4:00 pm, Swift Hall 107

Reception to follow

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