Understanding the Management of Metabolic Resources Through Social Interaction

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to principles borrowed from Behavioral Ecology that will aid understanding of how human relationships manage bodily resources-not least neural resources in regions of the brain responsible for self-regulatory effort, such as the prefrontal cortex.  These principles include Economy of Action and the active nature of perceptual processes yoked to expectations organisms (including humans) bring to their native environments.  We'll use these principles to understand how and why the human brain conserves metabolic resources through social proximity and interaction.


Understand the ecological principles of Economy of Action and Perception/Action links.
Learn about the human brain and body as economic systems of limited metabolic resources.
Understand how the human brain's baseline strategy for conserving metabolic resources is through social proximity and interaction.