Much of our brain is dedicated to our complex social lives. Getting old and older with the 70th Birthday milestone already in the distant past, Chris and I are becoming only more intrigued with our social abilities and disabilities. We have both studied conditions, which are marked by deep social failure. I have studied autism over a lifetime and Chris has studied schizophrenia for just as long. We have gained insights that has given us the impetus to look for a biological basis of social interactions. And we first wrote about this in 1999. There were some more papers since then, which we will reflect on in later posts.
We hope we are now ready to go a step further and write a book on this topic. This blog is a way of telling the backstory of this book. With any luck we will also tell about Social minds in the form of a graphic novel. This project is under the authorship of our son Alex Frith. We worked with him before on one of his science books for children, See Inside your Head.
We will also be writing about other questions that excite us and some of the posts will be contributed by friends and colleagues.
The firsts posts were written between February and June 2014, when we were in Budapest, Uta as a Fellow of the CEU Institute for Advanced Study, and Chris as Visiting Professor at the CEU Department of Cognitive Science. Some of the PhD students at the department have contributed posts to this blog.
The portrait was painted by Emma Wesley in 2007. The picture has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and in the Royal Society. If you are wondering about the objects in the painting, they are all carefully selected by Emma to tell about our interests and passions and our life together.
You can read an introduction to our planned book and a blurb dating from summer 2013. We hope that your comments will improve our book.