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Encyclopedia > Social Neuroscience

Social neuroscience is a field of research that spans social psychology, neuroscience, and physiology. It is specifically interested in looking at how the brain mediates social interactions. The field is currently emerging and is closely related to Cognitive neuroscience and Affective neuroscience. Social psychology is often conceived to be the study of how individuals perceive, influence, and relate to others. ... Neuroscience is a field of study that deals with the structure, function, development, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology of the nervous system, consisting of the myriad nerve pathways running throughout the body. ... Physiology (in Greek physis = nature and logos = word) is the study of the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of living organisms. ... In animals, the brain, or encephalon (Greek for in the head), is the control center of the central nervous system. ... Interaction is a kind of action which occurs as two or more objects have an effect upon one another. ... The field of Cognitive neuroscience concerns the study of the neural mechanisms underlying cognition and is a branch of biological psychology which, in turn, is part of the wider field of neuroscience, the most comprehensive interdisciplinary discipline studying the brain . ... Affective neuroscience is the study of the neural mechanisms of emotion. ...

Social neuroscience uses numerous methods to investigate antecedents of social behavior, including fMRI, Event-related potentials, Electrocardiogram, and examination of the Electrodermal Response. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (or fMRI) describes the use of MRI to measure hemodynamic signals related to neural activity in the brain or spinal cord of humans or other animals. ... An event-related potential (ERP) is any stereotyped electrophysiological response to an internal or external stimulus. ... Lead II An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG, abbreviated from the German Elektrokardiogramm) is a graphic produced by an electrocardiograph, which records the electrical voltage in the heart in the form of a continuous strip graph. ... A sample GSR signal of 60 seconds. ...


See also

A mirror neuron is a neuron which fires both when an animal performs an action and when the animal observes the same action performed by another (especially conspecific) animal. ...

Social Neuroscience Journals

  • Social Neuroscience--A new journal whose inaugural issue was published in March of 2006.
  • Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience--A new journal whose inaugural issue was published in June 2006.
  • The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, or JPSP, published a special secion on Social Neuroscience in the October 2003 issue of Volume 85.
  • Psychophysiology has published several articles related to Social Neuroscience.
  • The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience occasionally publishes articles pertaining to Affective and Social Neuroscience. The December 2004 issue in volume 16 was devoted to a special issue on Social Neuroscience.
  • The December 2005 issue of Neuroimage included a special section on social neuroscience.

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  • Cacioppo, John T., Penny S. Visser, Cynthia L. Pickett (ed.) (2005). Social Neuroscience: People Thinking about Thinking People. The MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-03335-6.
  • John T. Cacioppo, Gary G. Berntson Social Neuroscience: Key Readings, (2004), Psychology Press, ISBN 1-84169-099-6
  • Richard Restak, The Naked Brain (2006)

MIT Press Books The MIT Press is a university publisher affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ...

External links

  • What is social neuroscience Introduction from the first issue of the journal Social Neuroscience defining social neuroscience, listing the tools of social neuroscience and addressing the impact of social neuroscience. Published March 2006.
  • An article about social neuroscience (on MSNBC)



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