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The Emergence of Social Neuroscience as an Academic Discipline

Svenja Matusall, Ina Maria Kaufmann and Markus Christen

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342161
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195342161.013.0002

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The Emergence of Social Neuroscience as an Academic Discipline

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The term ‘social neuroscience’ combines two topics of scientific enquiry—the ‘social’ and the ‘brain’—whose relation can be analyzed from two different perspectives: either from a broader historical one focusing on the emergence of modern brain research even before neuroscience was formed, or from a narrower one, based on a conceptual idea of how disciplines and research fields are characterized in contemporary science. This chapter analyzes the latter aspect, although it begins with some remarks on the former perspective. The analysis is made from the ‘external’ perspective of history and sociology of science intending to reconstruct origins, properties, and discourses that lead to today’s understanding of social neuroscience as a disciplinary field.

Keywords: history of neuroscience; social brain; social neuroscience; academic discipline; bibliometry; impact analysis; science studies; interdisciplinarity; discipline building

Article.  11710 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Social Psychology

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