Café Scientifique

A Café Scientifique is a forum, where for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can participate in the discussion of current scientific issues in the relaxing, informal setup of a Café!

The Cafés Scientifiques are organized by Dr. Sahar El Khoury and Life Science Zurich and supported by Science et Cité. They take place in general once a month in Zürich.

How does it work?

  • A Café Scientifique starts with conversations in small groups about the topic to break the ice, fill the glasses, and concretize our knowledge about the subject.
  • Afterwards, there is a short talk (usually about 15/20 min) by an expert speaker.
  • This is followed by approximately half an hour of questions and answers and general discussion.

What subjects will be discussed ? Any scientific subject that is of interest to the general public.

Who are the invited speakers? The speakers are researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zürich.

Egopharmacology - can chronic substance use influence social decision making?


Monday, 12 December 2022, 19:00  at Coworking Lounge Tessinerplatz

In the past decades we have learned that chronic substance use is associated with specific cognitive impairments depending on the substance class. Previous studies with intense and mostly addicted stimulant (such as cocaine and methamphetamine) users have demonstrated not only basal impairments in attention, memory, and executive functions, but also specific disturbances in social cognition and prosocial behaviour, likely contributing to social dysfunctions in daily life of the users. However, the neurosocial profile of the use of other substance classes (such as cannabis, Ecstasy, opioids) as well as of less intense consumption patterns remains largely unknown.
In his talk, Prof. Quednow presents the studies/experiments he and his lab conducted to determine substance use-related alterations in a comprehensive array of social behaviors of young urban adults.

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