24.05.18 (THURSDAY), 13.00-13.30: Central amygdala mediates socially transferred positive and negative emotions (abstract here)

Dr. Knapska studies which neurons in the brain are responsible for emotions, how they are connected, how this entire network works and, in particular, is there are any differences in the working of this network for positive and negative emotions caused by social interactions. She also investigates plastic changes in this network within the amygdala – a brain region related to processing emotions – with the ultimate goal of applying knowledge gained by studying malfunctioning of the neurons in rodent models to therapies targeting autism spectrum disorders.