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I continue to be fascinated with the research emerging from the new field of social neuroscience. This involves a multi-disciplinary approach to exploring the interaction between the hard wiring of our brains and our social behaviours.

For too long biological and social explanations of behaviour have been seen as incompatible. Instead we should be seeking to combine insights from science, social science and philosophy into an integrated understanding of human behaviour and development. I hope this emerges as a big theme for the RSA lecture and research programme over the coming year.

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