Thursday, 18 May 2006, 12:00AM

The fragile biology of social genes and the evolution of human societies

Professor Keith Kendrick

Work with different animal species has shown that a mutation in a single gene can convert an asocial species into a social one. With a prevalence of human developmental and psychiatric conditions whose primary symptoms are social dysfunction, depression caused by problems with social relationships, and increasing interest in sex without social commitment, are we destined to evolve into an asocial species? Are males who are often less socially adept than females, and more susceptible to conditions such as autism and schizophrenia, most at risk?

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Professor Keith Kendrick is Systems and Behavioural Neuroscientist and was Gresham Professor of Physic between 2002 and 2006.
He has been a member of the Home Office's animal procedures committee and has worked at the University of Cambridge undertaking research with regards to how neural networks are organised to control recognition and responses to social and emotional cues. He is a fellow of the Institute of Biology and a member of the British Neuroscience Association.

All of Professor Kendrick’s previous lectures may be accessed here.

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18 May 2006

The fragile biology of social genes and the evolution of human societies
Professor Keith Kendrick

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