Social Neuroscience: Toward Understanding the Underpinnings of the Social Mind

Paperback | February 26, 2014

EditorAlexander Todorov, Susan T. Fiske, Deborah A. Prentice

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The field of social cognitive neuroscience has captured the attention of many researchers during the past ten years. Much of the impetus for this new field came from the development of functional neuroimaging methods that made it possible to unobtrusively measure brain activation over time.Using these methods over the last 30 years has allowed psychologists to move from simple validation questions - would flashing stimuli activate the visual cortex - to those about the functional specialization of brain regions - are there regions in the inferior temporal cortex dedicated to faceprocessing - to questions that, just a decade ago, would have been considered intractable at such a level of analysis. These so-called "intractable" questions are the focus of the chapters in this book, which introduces social cognitive neuroscience research addressing questions of fundamental importance to social psychology: How do we understand and represent other people? How do we represent social groups? How dowe regulate our emotions and socially undesirable responses? This book also presents innovative combinations of multiple methodologies, including behavioral experiments, computer modeling, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) experiments, Event-Related Potential (ERP) experiments, and brainlesion studies.It is divided into four sections. The first three sections present the latest research on, respectively, understanding and representing other people, representing social groups, and the interplay of cognition and emotion in social regulation. In the fourth section, contributors step back andconsider a range of novel topics that have emerged in the context of social neuroscience research: understanding social exclusion as pain, deconstructing our moral intuitions, understanding cooperative exchanges with other agents, and the effect of aging on brain function and its implications forwell-being. Taken together, these chapters provide a rich introduction to an exciting, rapidly developing and expanding field that promises a richer and deeper understanding of the social mind.

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The field of social cognitive neuroscience has captured the attention of many researchers during the past ten years. Much of the impetus for this new field came from the development of functional neuroimaging methods that made it possible to unobtrusively measure brain activation over time.Using these methods over the last 30 years has...

Alexander Todorov, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University. Susan T. Fiske, PhD, is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology at Princeton University. Deborah Prentice, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Department Chair of Psychology at Princeton University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:February 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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A. Todorov, S. T. Fiske, and D. Prentice: IntroductionI. Understanding and representing other people1. Adrianna C. Jenkins and Jason P. Mitchell: How has cognitive neuroscience contributed to social psychological theory?2. Jamil Zaki and Kevin Ochsner: You, me, and my brain: Self and other representations in social cognitive neuroscience3. M. Ida Gobbini: Distributed processes for retrieval of person knowledge4. Alexander Todorov: Evaluating faces on social dimensions5. James V. Haxby: Commentary: Social neuroscience and the representation of othersII. Understanding and representing social groups6. Tiffany A. Ito: Perceiving social category information from faces: Using ERPs to study person perception7. David M. Amodio: Multiple mechanisms for regulating of intergroup bias: Contributions from social neuroscience8. Lasana T. Harris and Susan Fiske: Perceiving humanity9. Nalini Ambady and Reginald Adams: Commentary: Us versus them: The social neuroscience of perceiving outgroupsIII. Regulation of social behavior10. Dominic J. Packer, Amanda Kesek and William A. Cunningham: Self-regulation and evaluative processing11. Jennifer S. Beer and Jamil P. Bhanji: The neural basis of emotional decision-making12. Eddie Harmon-Jones and Cindy Harmon-Jones: Social neuroscience of asymmetrical frontal cortical activity: Considering anger and approach motivation13. Matthew D. Lieberman: Why symbolic processing of affect can disrupt negative affect: Social cognitive and affective neuroscience investigations14. Liz Phelps: Commentary: Emotion in social neuroscienceIV. Navigating social life15. James Rilling: The social brain in interactive games16. Naomi I. Eisenberger: Social pain: Experiential, neurocognitive, and genetic correlates17. John T. Cacioppo, Gary G. Berntson, Antoine Bechara, Daniel Tranel, Hanna Damasio and Louise C. Hawkley: Could an aging brain contribute to subjective well-being?: The value added by a social neuroscience perspective18. Joshua D. Greene: Social neuroscience and the soul's last stand19. Commentary: Building a social brainMarcia Johnson: General commentary: Hanging with social neuroscientists