Social Neuroscience

Social neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field devoted to understanding how biological systems implement social processes and behavior, and to using biological concepts and methods to inform and refine theories of social processes and behavior. Humans are fundamentally a social species, rather than individualists. As such, Homo sapiens create emergent organizations beyond the individual—structures that range from dyads, families, and groups to cities, civilizations, and cultures. These emergent structures evolved hand in hand with neural and hormonal mechanisms to support them because the consequent social behaviors helped these organisms survive, reproduce, and care for offspring sufficiently long that they too survived to reproduce. The term "social neuroscience" can be traced to a publication entitled "Social Neuroscience Bulletin" that was published quarterly between 1988 and 1994. The term was subsequently popularized in an article by John Cacioppo and Gary Berntson, published in the American Psychologist in 1992. Cacioppo and Berntson are considered as the legitimate fathers of social neuroscience. Still a young field, social neuroscience is closely related to affective neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience, focusing on how the brain mediates social interactions.

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Shelley E. Taylor - Theoretical and Empirical Contributions - Social Neuroscience
... Taylor has become a leading figure in the newly emerging field of social neuroscience ... This work has included research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), conducted in collaboration with UCLA colleagues Matthew Lieberman and Naomi Eisenberger (e.g ...
John Cacioppo - Social Neuroscience
... Social neuroscience is the new discipline that examines the associations between social and neural levels of organizations and the biological mechanisms ... Social species create emergent organizations beyond the individual, however, and these emergent structures evolved hand in hand with neural and hormonal mechanisms to support them because the consequent social ... Social neuroscience, therefore, is concerned with how biological systems implement social processes and behavior, capitalizing on concepts and methods from the neuroscience to ...
Social Neuroscience - Key Readings
... The social brain evolution and pathology ... Social neuroscience Understanding the pieces fosters understanding the whole and vice versa ... Social psychological contributions to the decade of the brain Doctrine of multilevel analysis ...
John Cacioppo - Bibliography - Editor
... Social Psychophysiology A Sourcebook, (1983) The Guilford Press ... Principles of Psychophysiology Physical, Social and Inferential Elements, (1990) Cambridge University Press ... ISBN 978-0-521-34885-0 Foundations in Social Neuroscience, (2002) The MIT Press ...

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