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


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This chapter discusses the various aspects of social neuroscience as covered in this Handbook. Social neuroscience spans diverse species, disciplines, methods, and topics. Social species create organizations beyond the individual. These superorganismal structures evolved hand in hand with psychological, neural, hormonal, cellular, and genetic mechanisms to support them because the consequent social behaviors helped these organisms survive, reproduce, and care for offspring sufficiently long that they too reproduced. Social neuroscience seeks to specify the neural, hormonal, cellular, and genetic mechanisms underlying social behavior, and in so doing to understand the associations and influences between social and biological levels of organization. Social neuroscience, therefore, is a complex interdisciplinary perspective that demands theoretical, methodological, statistical, and inferential rigor to effectively integrate basic, clinical, and applied perspectives on the nervous system and brain.

Keywords: social neuroscience; brain; behavior; social processes; nervous system

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Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Social Psychology

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