Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Sciences

The formal colloquium of the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences it the main ongoing periodic series of lectures in physics and related science, of interest to members of the Institute. It is held from 1977. Colloquium speakers are primarily domestic and foreign scholars of established reputation, but also less-known physicists with remarkable and current scientific achievements. The colloquium is held once a month from September to June, usually at 3:15 PM on the last Tuesday of the month in the Auditorium of the Institute of Physics. Colloquia are open to the public, and are preceded by a coffee/the reception at the Institute.

For future information about the colloquia, pleace contact Prof. Dr. hab. Tomasz Dietl (, current chairman of the colloquium committee.


We are pleased to announce that on June 12th 2018 (Tuesday) at 15:15 in the Institute of Physics, in the L. Sosnowski's auditorium will be held colloquium of the Institute of Physics PAS, in which:

Dr. hab. Ewelina Knapska

from Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, will give a lecture entitled:

Neuronal correlates of socially transferred emotions

We cordially invite to attend the colloquium and please to inform other interested persons. Before the colloquium, at 14:45, participants are welcome for coffee, tea and biscuits.

  Colloquium Committee


      Social interactions are very important for human beings. In this respect we are not much different from many other animal species for which social interactions are crucial for survival and reproduction. The impairments of social interactions are observed in many brain disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia or in disorders of personality. One of the pillars of good relationships with peers is empathy. Empathy is complex, multilayered phenomenon, which is based on ability to recognize and understand emotions of others. Sharing emotions between individuals (emotional contagion) is one of the simplest forms of social interaction.
Understanding how brain controls social interactions is one of the central goals of neuroscience. Whereas social interactions and their effects on the emotional state of an individual are relatively well described at the behavioral level, much less is known about neural mechanisms involved in these very complex phenomena, especially in the amygdala, a key structure processing emotions in the brain. We use laboratory models of emotional contagion to identify and characterize the neuronal circuits controlling socially transferred emotions.
I will describe the contemporary theories of empathy that assume evolutionary continuity of the phenomenon and show how we can use animal models to learn about the mechanisms underlying sharing emotions between individuals at very precise level of neuronal circuits.