Research Seminar
You are cordially invited to the School of Psychology Research Seminar Series, Wednesday 11th October, 2-3pm (refreshments available from 1.45pm) in the Sarah Swift Building SSB0102/SSB0103 (ground floor lecture theatre).

Social angst in teens: Age-typical changes in social-processing and individual differences in social anxiety risk with Dr Jennifer Lau, Kings College London

“Adolescence is a period of change in the social environment: individuals spend more time with peers and the structure of peer groups also becomes more complex and multi-layered. While adolescents typically enjoy the company of their peers, for some young people, social interactions can be terrifying and therefore a source for avoidance, leading to social withdrawal. In this talk, I will present data on age-typical changes in the social world of teenagers, focusing on the emergence of a group identity, the improvement in social cognitive capacities and the growing influence of peers. I will also discuss possible age-associated brain maturation patterns that drive these behavioural changes. In the second section of the talk, I will focus on individual differences within adolescence – focusing on why some individuals fear social interactions and avoid these. Explanations that involve cognitive biases and poor social cognitive capacities are discussed. Finally, I will present data on possible intervention tools to help curb these maladaptive social-anxiety tendencies.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the research seminar.

Previously recorded seminars can be found on Blackboard on the Psychology Subject Site/School Research Seminars.