Past Event

Timing and Social Coordination: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives - Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

March 11, 2019
4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
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Faculty House, Columbia University, New York

Event Description:

Timing is critical to social life. In conversation, turn-taking is organized by cultural norms that are enacted by physiological mechanisms on multiple levels. Deviating from a conversational tempo by a fraction of a second can change the sense and interpersonal significance of an exchange. Likewise in music, where individuals play with tighter or looser synchrony to expressive effect. Why do certain patterns of time-sharing predominate in specific cultures? How are social tempos established and maintained in other animals? This seminar gathers a diverse group of scholars for a conversation exploring the mechanisms and stakes of temporal coordination in social interactions.

Event Speakers:

  • David R. Gibson, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame
  • J. A. Scott Kelso, Glenwood and Martha Creech Chair in Science, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University
  • Caroline Palmer, Professor of Psychology and Canada Research Chair, Cognitive Neuroscience of Performance, McGill University
  • Daniel Y. Takahashi, Associate Research Scholar, Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University


  • Julia Hyland Bruno, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University

Event Information:

Free and open to the public, but RSVP is required via Eventbrite.

This event is hosted by the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience as part of the Seminars in Society and Neuroscience series. This event is also part of the Dana Foundation's Brain Awareness Week, March 11-17, 2019.

Please visit the Faculty House website for directions.