Neuroscience Approaches in Social and Personality Psychology

David M. Amodio and Eddie Harmon-Jones

in The Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398991
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Neuroscience Approaches in Social and Personality Psychology

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Social neuroscience is an interdisciplinary approach to studying the mind and behavior, noted for its appreciation for the dynamic interactions of situational and dispositional processes as they relate to neural and biological mechanisms. In this chapter, we describe the methodological approach of social neuroscience and review research that has applied this approach to address the interplay of the person and situation in the domains of social cognition, attitudes, emotion and motivation, intergroup relations, and personality. We provide critical discussion of how neuroscience may contribute to classic questions in personality and social psychology, and we describe how the social neuroscience approach promotes the integration of dispositional and situational accounts of the mind and behavior.

Keywords: social neuroscience; emotion; attitudes; intergroup; review; psychophysiology; cognitive neuroscience; personality and neuroscience

Article.  31347 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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