The Neurobiology of Primate Social Behavior

Melissa D. Bauman, Eliza Bliss-Moreau, Christopher J. Machado and David G. Amaral

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Neurobiology of Primate Social Behavior

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This chapter begins by providing a neural systems perspective to studying the social brain. It then provides a brief summary of macaque monkey social behavior before proposing a model of social processing and describing in detail research on several putative components of the social brain. These include the amygdala and the anterior cingulate cortex. It briefly discusses the mirror neuron system before returning to descriptions of the orbitofrontal and inferior temporal contributions to social function. Much of the data reported is based on lesion studies and, to a lesser extent, on electrophysiological studies. Noninvasive studies of the social brain in the nonhuman primate are beginning to appear and the chapter concludes by highlighting some future directions for research in the nonhuman primate.

Keywords: Macaque monkey; social brain; amygdala; anterior cingulate cortex; orbitofrontal cortex; inferior temporal cortex; mirror neurons

Article.  14809 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Social Psychology

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