Welcome to the Australasian Society for

Social and Affective Neuroscience website


Our mission statement

The Australasian Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience (AS4SAN) is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote basic and applied research investigating social and affective behaviour across a wide range of different species using a wide variety of neuroscience and neuropsychological techniques. AS4SAN sees social and affective neuroscience as an interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of central nervous system mechanisms (e.g., neural, hormonal, cellular, genetic) underlying social and affective behaviour, in the context of both normal development and functioning, as well as relevant to clinical disorders.

In addition to promoting research, the goals of AS4SAN are to:

  • Encourage and support student and early career researcher endeavours in the area, at all levels of training.
  • Create contexts in which researchers at all levels of training can interact in both formal and informal ways, and in which interdisciplinary collaborations can be fostered.
  • Demonstrate the considerable applied value of this research area in clinical and community settings.
  • Engage in collaborative endeavours with community partners.
  • Ensure that the translational value of research in this broad area is communicated effectively to the public. 




2017 AS4SAN Annual Meeting

The 2017 Australasian Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience meeting will take place in Melbourne on the 15th and 16th of June at the Melbourne Brain Centre.

Keynote presenters include Prof. Shihui Han (Peking University), Prof. Skye McDonald (UNSW), Prof. Kim Felmingham (University of Melbourne), A/Prof. Peter Enticott (Deakin University), Prof. Bernard Balleine (UNSW) and Professor Eddie Harmon-Jones (UNSW). 

Abstract submission and conference registration is now open. Please go to our to Meetings subpage for more information.

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