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The Brains that Pull the Triggers - 3rd Paris Conference on Syndrome E

10 may 2017 09:00 - 12 may 2017 13:00
Institut d'études avancées de Paris
Hôtel de Lauzun
17 quai d'Anjou
75004 Paris

International conference convened by Itzhak Fried (Paris IAS / UCLA / Tel Aviv University) and Alain Berthoz (Collège de France).


The third international conference “The Brains that Pull the Triggers” will take place under the auspices of the Paris Institute for Advanced Study at the exceptional Hotel de Lauzun in Paris on May 10-12, 2017.

The conference will bring together scientists and scholars from the human, social and brain sciences to bear upon the question of transformation of seemingly ordinary individuals to repetitive agents of extreme violence in groups (Syndrome E). The menacing specter of such transformation in the human condition that has caused immense loss of life in the past, is a matter of grave concerns in contemporary civilization with the increase in global radicalization and discontent. In a special editorial, Nature magazine has described the first conference as “…a bold and important attempt to bring interdisciplinary approach to one of the biggest questions facing humanity”.  

The aim of the upcoming conference is to foster a multidisciplinary approach trying to elucidate the brain mechanisms of this behavior and its collective characteristics, and also to evoke the social, psychological, ethical and juridical aspects. The conference will be a culmination and synthesis of three years of studies and discussions and will conclude with plans for further actions.

Confirmed speakers

ATRAN Scott, Michigan University, “Devoted Actors and the Will to Die and Kill”

BERGER J.M., International Center for Counter-Terrorism, “Identity Versus Self: Tensions Between Group Radicalization and Individual Violence”

BERTHOZ Alain, Collège de France, title tba

COSTA Jean-Paul, International Institute of Human Rights, Des rapprochements entre les neurosciences et les sens du droit ? Quelques réflexions

CROCKETT Molly, University of Oxford, “Moral flexibility: insights from neuroscience”

DE SWAAN Abram, University of Amsterdam, “How ordinary are ‘ordinary pepetrators’? Notes on the genocidal mentality”

FISKE Susan, Princeton University, “How Ordinary People Become Violent: Frustration and Dehumanization”

FRIED Itzhak, UCLA/ University of Tel Aviv, title tba

KHOSROKHAVAR Farhad, EHESS, title tba

RIZZOLATTI Giacomo, Università degli Studi di Parma, “A neural mechanism for empathy and the role of the society in its modifications”

ROLLS Edmund, University of Oxford, “The roles of the orbitofrontal cortex in changing and stopping behavior”

SCHIFF Brian, American University of Paris, title tba

SINGER Tania, Max Planck Institute for Human cognitive and Brain Sciences, “Plasticity of empathy and prosocial motivation: From outgroup hate to ingroup favouritism”

SIRONI Françoise, Université Paris 8 - Saint-Denis, “How does one become a torturer? The case of Douch in Cambodia”

STERN Jessica, Boston University, “Radovan Karadzic and the Role of Fear”

TASSIN Jean-Pol, INSERM, “Are there similitudes between the effects of drugs and Syndrome E?”


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