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University of Amsterdam (UvA) professors Louise Fresco, Henkjan Honing and Eveline Crone have been invited to speak at this year’s TEDxAmsterdam, a local edition of the American TED conferences. The theme of the third edition on Friday, 25 November 2011 is 'Human Nature'.

University of Amsterdam (UvA) professors Louise Fresco, Henkjan Honing and Eveline Crone have been invited to speak at this year’s TEDxAmsterdam, a local edition of the American TED conferences. This one-day event has been held in Amsterdam since 2009. The theme of the third edition on Friday, 25 November 2011 is Human Nature.

Prof. Henkjan Honing

Prof Henkjan Honing, professor Music cognition

Prof. Henkjan Honing, professor of Music Cognition at the UvA, will give a talk titled What makes us musical animals? Everyone is musical, argues Honing. New-born babies, for example, are able to hear the beat in music and even ordinary listeners can have unexpected musical insight. Honing will demonstrate that music is second nature to most people, both biologically and socially.

Dr Eveline Crone

Dr Eveline Crone, UvA professor of Neurocognitive and affective development in adolescence and professor of Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology at Leiden University, will give a lecture titled The adolescent brain. What psychological and neural processes are involved in cognitive control and self-regulation? Crone will explore the relationship between brain development and changes in psychological processes from birth to adulthood, focusing particularly on adolescence.

Dr Louise O. Fresco

Dr Louise O. Fresco, University Professor specialising in the foundations of sustainable development in an international perspective at the UvA, will speak at the end of the day. In response to the preceding lectures, she will present her view of human nature and our planet.

Live stream in the Science Park

TEDx is an invitation-only event. There will be a live HD stream of the TEDxAmsterdam event from 11.00 to 21.00 in room C0.110 at the Faculty of Science, Science Park 904.