Biological Approaches to the Study of Social Engagement

Peter J. Marshall and Nathan A. Fox

in The Development of Social Engagement

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195168716
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847853 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Biological Approaches to the Study of Social Engagement

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The growing interest in the biological mechanisms subserving social behaviour in humans and animals has been fuelled partly by techniques and assays for monitoring or recording nervous activity becoming more sophisticated and accessible. The use of new technologies and improved old ones has caused a surge in research studies investigating how the different aspects of social behaviour are related and how a great number of physiological systems work. Developmental scientists have started to apply some of the new neurobiological techniques to deal with fundamental questions of human development. One important aspect of this work is the possible adoption of converging methods, integrating findings obtained from the scope of functional neuroimaging and electrophysiology with results from comparative, computational, and neuropsychological approaches. The renewed and growing interest in the biology of social behaviour is also brought about by the increasing acceptance of studying biological mechanisms and the surfacing of cognitive neuroscience.

Keywords: social engagement; social behaviour; biological approaches; neurobiological techniques; cognitive neuroscience

Chapter.  7647 words. 

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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