Arrested Development or Adaptive? The Adolescent and Self Control
BJ Casey, Department of Psychology, Yale University, USA
BJ Casey is widely known for her skillful use of brain imaging to examine developmental transitions across the life span, especially during adolescence. Her work is grounded in translational studies from genetically altered mice to humans, leading to the development of treatments for several mental health problems that affect millions of young people. Her studies have begun to inform when and how to target treatments to the individual based on age and genetic profile, and they have implications for juvenile justice and mental health policy reform. An APS Fellow, Casey is the recipient of numerous awards, and she was named by Thomson Reuters as one of The World’s Most Influential Minds in 2015.
Evolution of Emotions and Empathy in Primates
Frans B.M. de Waal, Department of Psychology, Emory University, USA and Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Frans B.M. de Waal is one of the world’s best-known primatologists, and his work has vastly advanced our understanding of primate behavior and social intelligence. His research has uncovered similarities between human and primate behaviors such as conflict resolution, cooperation, and sharing. A member of both the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the US National Academy of Sciences, de Waal was selected by TIME as one of The World’s 100 Most Influential People in 2007.
The Brain in the Ecosystem: Cognition, Culture, and the Environment
Neurobiologist Atsushi Iriki has drawn worldwide attention for his pioneering studies on tool use, body image, and higher-order representations in humans and primates. He explores the developmental and evolutionary processes surrounding communications, intellect, and altruism using behavior and neurobiology techniques. Iriki’s work is advancing our understanding of the evolution of human intelligence and technology. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the Minerva Foundation’s Golden Brain Award in 2004.