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Shaping the social brain through early interactions

Objective

The first three years of life are critical for children’s long-term development, health and wellbeing, since core brain functions are formed during this period and the brain is much more vulnerable to adversity, which is key for the emergence of developmental disorders (autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder). Identifying the mechanisms that act during early childhood to shape individual long-term social development is essential for improving the health and wellbeing and has far-reaching consequences for social and educational policy. We propose that this key scientific problem cannot be solved without first understanding how early social exchanges tune critical brain functions in early childhood. Daily, repeated exchanges between infants and caregivers provide the substrate for the interacting influences of genes and the environment on brain development. By studying the micro-scale dynamics of early social exchanges we can revolutionise the understanding of macro-scale development of socially-relevant functions like theory of mind, language, attention, and emotion regulation. Our radically new approach puts social exchanges at the heart of brain development, which is sculpted through a complex ongoing cascade of interactions between the brain and its social environment. SAPIENS combines advances in ecological, mobile real-time brain and behaviour measurement, data modelling and artificial intelligence approaches to train a new generation of researchers in implementing these ground-breaking approaches to early social development. SAPIENS will generate revolutionary new tools for translating cutting-edge basic science into clinical diagnostic and treatment tools for developmental disorders, while engaging the public and delivering new public policy. By building on a strong intersectorial network of excellent research centres and industry, we will provide highly innovative and multidisciplinary training for young research leaders in developmental science.

Coordinator

UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Net EU contribution
€ 454 957,20
Address
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
00 927 Warszawa
Poland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Makroregion województwo mazowieckie Warszawski stołeczny Miasto Warszawa

Participants (10)

BIRKBECK COLLEGE - UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
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€ 606 345,12
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Malet Street
WC1E 7HX London
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
Region
London Inner London — West Camden and City of London
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
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€ 303 172,56
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Strand
WC2R 2LS London
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
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€ 303 172,56
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Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
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€ 512 640,00
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Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
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€ 531 239,76
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Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
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€ 531 239,76
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Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
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€ 281 982,96
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Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
Region
Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Uppsala län
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
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€ 281 982,96
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Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
ISTITUTO SUPERIORE DI SANITA
Italy
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€ 261 499,68
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Viale Regina Elena 299
00161 Roma
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
HARIMATA SP ZOO

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Poland
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€ 0,00
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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Ul Krolewska 65A 1
30 081 Krakow
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
Region
Makroregion południowy Małopolskie Miasto Kraków
 

Partners (7)

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Fundacja Rozwoju Dzieci im. J.A. Komenskiego
Poland
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€ 0,00
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Flory 1/8
00-586 Warszawa
Activity type
Other
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€ 0,00
Region
Makroregion województwo mazowieckie Warszawski stołeczny Miasto Warszawa
 
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

BABYBRAINS LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 0,00
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Flat 34 Buckingham Mansions 353 West End Lane
NW6 1LS London
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
Region
London Inner London — West Camden and City of London
 
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iMotions A/S
Denmark
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Vesterbrogade 34 1. Sal
1620 Kbh V
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Byen København Hovedstaden
 
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PHIER LTD
United Kingdom
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€ 0,00
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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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13 Alexander Court
SW18 2EJ London
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London Inner London — West Wandsworth
 
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MENTIS CURA EHF
Iceland
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Laugavegi 176
105 Reykjavik
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€ 0,00
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Ísland Ísland Höfuðborgarsvæði
 
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

Atferlisgreining ehf
Iceland
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Langholtsvegur 53
104 Reykjavik
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Ísland Ísland Höfuðborgarsvæði
 
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

VICARIOUS PERCEPTION TECHNOLOGIES BV
Netherlands
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€ 0,00
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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Singel, 160
1015 AH Amsterdam
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00