An Introduction to Social Neuroscience

John T. Cacioppo and Jean Decety

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342161
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

An Introduction to Social Neuroscience

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Social neuroscience is the interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of neural, hormonal, cellular, and genetic mechanisms, and to the study of the associations and influences between social and biological levels of organization. The current Handbook represents the first comprehensive review of contemporary research in the field. This introductory chapter begins with a brief background on studies of the mind in the 20th century. It then discusses the mechanisms underlying complex behavior and the three principles of social neuroscience (i.e., multiple determinism, nonadditive determinism, and reciprocal determinism). An overview of the eight sections of this Handbook is presented.

Keywords: social neuroscience; brain mechanisms; complex behavior; determinism; social factors

Article.  3701 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Social Psychology

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