31st of October 2015


Introduction to the mammalian brain networks (for SEEKING, RAGE, FEAR, LUST, CARE, PANIC and PLAY) generate experienced emotional states in animals

The implications of knowledge of the SEEKING systems and Anticipatory States of the Nervous System in key animal welfare issues

The Negative Emotions - RAGE, FEAR and PANIC

The psychobiology of play: theoretical and methodological perspectives and the Brain Sources of Joy

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poster Professor Jaak Panksepp

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Jaak Panksepp, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience and
Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being
Department of Integrative Physiology & Neuroscience
College of Veterinary Medicine
Washington State University

Panksepp's scientific contributions include more than 400 papers devoted to the study of basic emotional and motivational processes of mammalian brains, including most prominently work on hunger and body energy-balance regulation and sleep physiology pre-tenure, but mostly core emotional processes afterwards, starting 40 years ago. He introduced the concept of “Affective Neuroscience” in 1990, which has guided inquiry into how evolved (primary-process) mammalian brain networks (for SEEKING, RAGE, FEAR, LUST, CARE, PANIC and PLAY) generate experienced emotional states, as models for affective feelings in humans.

His most recent work has focused primarily on the subcortical brain mechanisms of social-bonding by focusing first on sadness (neural circuitry for separation distress, namely PANIC circuitry) and then social joy (brain PLAY networks that promote human and animal laughter, work that has implications for the treatment of autism, ADHD and depression.

His current work is informed by exploring the consequences of basic knowledge about emotional endophenotypes (natural brain states) for better understanding of human mental health. His monograph Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions (Oxford, 1998) offered a comprehensive outline of ways to understand brain affective processes neuroscientifically; his edited Textbook of Biological Psychiatry (Wiley, 2004) focused on how elucidation of emotional processes can facilitate psychiatric practice; and most recently Archaeology of Mind (Norton, 2012) summarized how such knowledge may inform psychiatric practice and psychotherapeutic practice.

These applied lines of work have helped development of three novel antidepressant concepts that are currently being evaluated in human. This body of work provides a novel vision for how consciousness emerged in human brains, a most difficult neuroscientific project which should include scientific clarification of the experiential-emotional capacities that exist in the brains/minds of other animals.


This seminar will be held in English.


Included is tea & coffee breaks, lunch and certificate of attendance.

Regular registration fee is Euro 115.00 + 21% BTW / Tax
Student registration fee is Euro 75.00 (Undergraduate only) + 21% BTW / Tax

Discounted student registration information: Please note the student registration fee applies only to full time Bachelor level or below. Many attendees are enrolled in studies of various levels whilst combining this with full time employment and unfortunately a discount cannot be offered in these circumstances.

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10% discount for SPPD members.



Conveniently located close to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport with a free shuttle service to the hotel.

Parking is for free.

Van der Valk Hotel Schiphol
Rijksweg A 4 Nr.3
2132 MA Hoofddorp - Schiphol

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