Group Processes: Social Dominance

Paul W. Czoty, Drake Morgan and Michael A. Nader

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Group Processes: Social Dominance

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A great deal of behavior occurs in a social context. It has become obvious that social and environmental variables can have a profound influence on behavior, neurochemistry, physiology, and the effects of drugs. This chapter highlights one facet of social neuroscience—the effects of being dominant in social environments. It focuses on animal models, describing several important independent variables using both rodent and nonhuman primate models. It focuses on adults rather than adolescents to better emphasize the powerful role of social rank in brain function and disease progression.

Keywords: social neuroscience; epigenetics; dominance; social environment; animal models

Article.  10275 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Social Psychology

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