About this event

  • Date and time Thu 15 Jun 2023 from 10:45am to 12:45pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Senior Fellows Forum

Join Professor Robin Dunbar to explore the behavioural, cognitive and neurobiological bases of friendships from a comparative perspective and show how we use these to form communities. Don't forget to register for the optional lunch after the lecture before Thursday 8 June 2023 at 12:30pm.

Friendships are a primate speciality and have evolved to buffer us against the stresses of living in large social groups. They have a bigger effect on our psychological health and well-being as well as our physical health and well-being. However, friendships are extremely expensive to create and maintain in terms of their time cost and underpinning neurobiology. The dual process mechanism that allows primates to manage their relationships is formed by the Social Brain Hypothesis - which sets a cognitive limit on the number of relationships we can have - and the endorphin system, which is triggered by physical touch acting through the afferent C-tactile neural system. 

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Registration, tea and coffee

Camera club photos displayed in the Atrium well for viewing

Welcome and introduction
The (neuro)-anatomy of friendship

Professor Robin Dunbar

Question and answers
Close of meeting

Followed by lunch for those who have pre-registered

View the programme

Welcome and introduction
The (neuro)-anatomy of friendship

Professor Robin Dunbar

Question and answer
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close on 15 June 2023 at 8:00am (GMT). Late registrations will not be accepted.

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