Conference Venue Travel & Attractions Hotels

About JPS 2007

The Jean Piaget Society invites program submissions for the 37th Annual Meeting to take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, at the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, May 31-June 2, 2007.

Scholars interested in the development of knowledge are invited to participate whatever their discipline. Submissions need not address the program theme—all submissions are welcome.


This year's meeting takes Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience as its organizing theme. The past decade has witnessed the remarkably rapid emergence of social cognitive neuroscience. Recent research has focused on the neural correlates of sympathy, moral reasoning, theory of mind, and evaluations of socially relevant stimuli (for example, faces, persons vs. objects, biological motion, etc.), among many other topics. JPS 2007 will provide a forum for constructive dialogue between social cognitive neuroscientists and developmental psychologists working from a wide variety of theoretical orientations. We believe this dialogue has the potential to enrich our understanding of social cognition by highlighting different sets of constraints on possible solutions to this especially complex problem.


  • Philip D. Zelazo, University of Toronto, Canada << homepage >>
  • Michael Chandler, University of British Columbia, Canada << homepage >>
  • Eveline A. Crone, Leiden University, The Netherlands << homepage >>

Local Arrangements:

  • Mariëtte Huizinga, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands << homepage >>
  • Jan Boom, Utrecht University, The Netherlands << homepage >>

Plenary & Invited Speakers:

The conference will feature five plenary speakers:

  • Simon Baron-Cohen (University of Cambridge)
  • Ronald Dahl (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Vittorio Gallese (University of Parma)
  • Chris Moore (Dalhousie University)
  • Evan Thompson (University of Toronto)

Seven invited symposia will complement the perspectives offered by the plenary speakers:

1. Moral Development: The Implications of Work in Neuroscience

Chair: Ulrich Müller (University of Victoria)

The Relevance of Moral Epistemology and Psychology for Neuroscience
    Elliot Turiel (University of California, Berkeley)

Morality: The Guiding of Behavior Through the Interaction of the Amygdala and Ventromedial Frontal Cortex
    James Blair (National Institute of Mental Health)

Is a Neuroscience of Morality Possible?
   Jeremy Carpendale & Bryan Sokol (Simon Fraser University)

Moral Emotions in Children and Adolescents: fMRI Data and the Consequences of Early Frontal Lesions
   Paul J. Eslinger (Penn State)

2. Agency and Intentional Action

Chair: Amanda Woodward (University of Maryland)

Perception-Action Coupling in Early Childhood: What is Actually Coupled?
   Harold Bekkering (University of  Nijmegen)

Infants’ Anticipation of Others’ Actions: The Role of Active and Observational Experience
   Jessica Sommerville (University of Washington)

Is Familiarity with the Agent or the Action Necessary for Goal Attribution by Young Infants?
   Gergely Csibra (University of London)

It’s the Thought that Counts: Developmental Neuroscience of Theory of Mind
   Rebecca Saxe (MIT)

3. Neuroscience of Emotions and Emotion Regulation: Implications for Social Cognitive Development

Chair: Marc Lewis (University of Toronto)

Neurophysiological Mechanisms of Assimilation and Accommodation
   Don Tucker (University of Oregon)

The Developmental Trajectory of Emotional Reappraisal
   Kevin Ochsner (Columbia University)

Development and Neural Correlates of Infants’ Use of Adults’ Emotional Expressions in Novel Contexts
   Leslie Carver (University of California, San Diego)

Cortical and Subcortical Regulation of Emotional Development
   Marc Lewis (University of Toronto)

4. The Development of Social Rule Use: Implications of Work in Neuroscience

Co-Chairs: Silvia Bunge (University of California, Berkeley) and Jennifer Beer (University of California, Davis),

Developmental Science and Social Neuroscience: Integrative Approaches
    Melanie Killen & Nathan Fox (University of Maryland)

Neural Mechanisms Underlying Executive Function and Social Understanding
    Stephanie M. Carlson (University of Washington)

Orbitofrontal Cortex and Self-Monitoring
    Jennifer S. Beer (University of California, Davis)

Crucial Developmental Role of Prefrontal Cortex in Social Rule Learning
    Paul J. Eslinger (Penn State/Hershey Medical Center)

5. Social Cognitive Development in Adolescence: Implications of Work in Neuroscience

Chair: Michiel Westenberg (Leiden University)

Adolescent Maturation and an Increase of Social-Evaluative Concerns
    Michiel Westenberg (Leiden University)

Neural Underpinnings of Peer Pressure
    Laurence Steinberg (Temple University)

The Teen Species: Integrating Emotion and Cognition in Adolescence 
    Abigail Baird (Vassar College)         

Decision-Making and Reward Systems in Adolescence
    Monique Ernst (National Institutes of Health)

A Case Conference on an Adolescent's Thoughts and Actions in an Incident of Ostracism: Can a Neuroscience Consult Help Us Close the Gap?
    Robert L. Selman (Harvard University)

6. Theory of Mind and the Brain

Chair: Marc Sabbagh (Queen’s University)

Neural Correlates of Children's Developing Understanding of Beliefs and Desires
    David Liu (University of Washington)

How do Neuromaturational Changes Set the Stage for Preschoolers Theory of Mind Development?
    Mark Sabbagh (Queen’s University)

How can Evidence from Adults with Brain Injury Constrain Accounts of Theory of Mind Development?
    Ian Apperly (University of Birmingham)

Charting the Typical and Atypical Development of Brain Mechanisms for Social Perception
    Kevin Pelphrey (Duke University)

7. Social Cognitive Biases in Development: A Neuroscientific Perspective

Chair: Wil Cunningham (Ohio State University)

Automaticity and Control in the Evaluation of Social Groups
    Wil Cunningham (Ohio State University)

From Me to We: Building Blocks to Group Preference
    Joan Chiao (Northwestern University)

Children’s Implicit and Explicit Prejudice: Self-presentation and Social Perspective Taking
    Adam Rutland (University of Kent)

Factors Influencing Self-Relevant Information Processing in the Pre-Teen Brain
    Jennifer Pfeifer (University of California, Los Angeles)
    Mirella Dapretto (University of California, Los Angeles)
    Matt Lieberman (University of California, Los Angeles)


This meeting is sponsored by:

Experimental Psychology Graduate Research School
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Leiden University, FSW, Unit Child and Adolescent Psychology
University of Amsterdam, FMG, Department of Psychology (Developmental Psychology section)
Utrecht University


Risks and opportunities in adolescent brain development

Hosted by Leiden University, the Netherlands

Dates: May 28-29, 2007

Organizers: Eveline Crone, Linda van Leijenhorst & Michiel Westenberg

For more information, visit: www.adolescentenmeeting.leidenuniv.nl

back to the Conference page