The Social Neuroscience Lab at the Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce the conference The Social Brain in the 21st Century: From Lonely Minds to Broken Hearts on 11th-12th June 2022.


The issue of how the social world affects our psychological and associated physiological processes has been at the center of social neuroscientific investigation for over three decades. The association between loneliness, social isolation or social status, and mental and physical health outcomes, has been thoroughly documented. Yet, there is little integration of data across psychology, psychophysiology and neuroscience that would enable us to propose trajectories linking multiple levels of explanation to elucidate mechanisms linking social world and physical health.

The conference will take place in the restored 18th century Palace near Warsaw – we plan to have a limited number of in-person attendees (no more than 150 people) that would allow us to keep the conference in a more seminar-like form, and provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion on issues like loneliness, social inequality, and social stressors.

The conference is a part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences.


The link to the submission form for active and passive participation may be found here.

We invite poster submissions from all areas of social neuroscience, including (but not limited to) empirical studies based on psychological, psychophysiological or neuroimaging methods to study social, cognitive and affective aspects of human behavior. Undergraduate and PhD student participants who cannot present their own results are welcome to submit theoretical posters.

The conference fee is 100 EUR or 450 PLN. Undergraduate and PhD students who are not able to cover the fee via institutional payment are eligible for the reduced fee of 70 EUR or 300 PLN.

We offer a fee waiver for scholars from Ukraine – for details see Registration.

Important dates:

29th March 2022 – Call for Abstracts and Registration opens

21st April 2022 – Call for Abstracts and Registration closes

25th April 2022 – Call for Abstracts and Registration closes

29th April 2022 – Notification of acceptance

15th May 2022 – Fee Payment closes

11th-12th June 2022 – Conference