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Special Notice DARPA-SN-11-25 Narrative Networks (N2): The Neurobiology of Narratives
WORKSHOP DATE: April 25-26, 2011
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 15, 2011, 4:00 PM ET
TECHNICAL POC: LtCol William Casebeer, DARPA/DSO
The impact of narratives on human psychology ranges widely from what events we remember most easily to our choices about important foundational
behaviors to include our degree of trust in others. Since the brain is the proximate cause of our actions, narratives have a direct impact on the
neurobiological processes of both the senders and receivers of them. Understanding how narratives inform neurobiological processes is critical if we
are to ascertain what effect narratives have on the psychology and neurobiology of human choices and behaviors, and can assist in everything ranging
from exploring how Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is influenced by event repetition to better understanding the thoughts and feelings of others.
To stimulate discussion and research on these issues, the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is
hosting a workshop, Narrative Networks (N2): The Neurobiology of Narratives. The workshop is intended as a sequel to one held February 28, 2011, which
explored the nature of narratives, their role in security contexts, and methods for analyzing them quantitatively. This workshop will establish
fertile ground for connecting our understanding of the neurobiology of narratives with models, simulations and sensors salient to security concerns.
Accordingly, it focuses on surveying the neurobiological processes related to narratives, bridging the cognitive neurosciences and the story
This workshop has five mutually reinforcing and overlapping goals:
To assay narrative effects on our basic neurochemistry. Do narratives uniquely modulate human hormone or neurotransmitter production? Is the
production and uptake of behaviorally important neurotransmitters such as oxytocin or serotonin influenced by narratives, and if so, in what way? How
are volume transmission systems in the brain in general affected by narratives?
To understand narrative impact on the neurobiology of memory, learning and identity. Why do narratives modulate recall? Is activity in brain regions
important for memory—such as the hippocampus—especially influenced by narratives? What role do reward processing mechanisms associated with
learning play in narrative processing? Is the dopaminergic system influenced differentially by narratives as compared to other environmental stimuli?
How do narratives impact the neurobiology of important identity-related judgments, such as whom you consider to be a member of your in-group? Are
there cross-cultural differences in the neurobiology of narratives?
To assess narrative influence on the neurobiology of emotions. Why, in neural terms, are narratives especially effective at generating emotional
narratives uniquely influence the neural mechanisms of empathy and sympathy? Are narratives well-suited in neurobiological terms to stir emotions such
as disgust or outrage?
To examine how narratives influence moral neurobiology. Do narratives influence the neurobiology of moral judgment and development? In what way? Via
what mechanism do narratives affect judgments about guilt and innocence, or the permissibility or impermissibility of certain actions?
To survey how narratives modulate other brain mechanisms related to social cognition. Do narratives differentially affect the neurobiological basis of
theory of mind and judgments of the mental states of others? How do narratives influence neural mechanisms responsible for the generation and
sustainment of collective action or group behavior? Do narratives uniquely synchronize or sustain the neural mechanisms of shared attention,
collaboration and trust?
The workshop will be held at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel, 2500 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA. The workshop will include brief
presentations by representatives in the domains of concentration, but these are intended mainly to facilitate communication, interaction and
collaborative discussion; please indicate if you desire to present your findings as a plenary presentation. Workshop details including registration,
meeting location and lodging are given on the registration website at www.sa-meetings.com...
Website Login Information - Username: DARPA, Password (case sensitive): NarrativeNetworks.
There is no fee for the workshop. Registration is limited (maximum 120 people) by the venue capacity. The registration cutoff date is 4:00PM ET,