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Social Neuroscience: People Thinking about Thinking People

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Overview

Social neuroscience uses the methodologies and tools developed to measure mental and brain function to study social cognition, emotion, and behavior. In this collection John Cacioppo, Penny Visser, and Cynthia Pickett have brought together contributions from psychologists, neurobiologists, psychiatrists, radiologists, and neurologists that focus on the neurobiological underpinnings of social information processing, particularly the mechanisms underlying "people thinking about thinking people." In these studies such methods as functional brain imaging, studies of brain lesion patients, comparative analyses, and developmental data are brought to bear on social thinking and feeling systems — the ways in which human beings influence and are influenced by other humans.

The broad range of disciplines represented by the contributors confirms that among the strengths of social neuroscience are its interdisciplinary approach and the use of multiple methods that bridge disciplines and levels of analysis.

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Editorial Reviews

Science
In a very short time, social neuroscience has come from almost nothing to become one of the most flourishing research topics in neurobiology.... The increasing interest in the field is captured in MIT Press's Social Neuroscience series of edited volumes... researchers and students will find Social Neuroscience a valuable introduction to the neurobiological foundations of interactions among humans.
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"In a very short time, social neuroscience has come from almost nothing to become one of the most flourishing research topics in neurobiology.... The increasing interest in the field is captured in MIT Press's Social Neuroscience series of edited volumes....

researchers and students will find Social Neuroscience a valuable introduction to the neurobiological foundations of interactions among humans." Science

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262517270
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Series: Social Neuroscience
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,439,956
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John T. Cacioppo is Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Psychology, Director of the Social Psychology Program, and Co-Director of the Institute for Mind and Biology at the University of Chicago.

Penny S. Visser is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago and editor of a special issue of Political Psychology on social neuroscience.

Cynthia L. Pickett was Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago and is now an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of California-Davis.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Reasoning about brains 1
2 Neurological substrates of emotional and social intelligence : evidence from patients with focal brain lesions 13
3 Neural substrates of self-awareness 41
4 Thinking about others : the neural substrates of social cognition 63
5 Four brain regions for one theory of mind? 83
6 Theory of mind and the evolution of social intelligence 103
7 Investigating cortical mechanisms of language processing in social context 131
8 Orbitofrontal cortex and social regulation 153
9 A pain by any other name (rejection, exclusion, ostracism) still hurts the same : the role of dorsal anterior cingulate cortex in social and physical pain 167
10 The social neuroscience of stereotyping and prejudice : using event-related brain potentials to study social perception 189
11 Race and emotion : insights from a social neuroscience perspective 209
12 Animal models of human attitudes : integration across behavioral, cognitive, and social neuroscience 229
13 Characterizing the functional architecture of affect regulation : emerging answers and outstanding questions 245
14 What is special about social cognition? 269
15 Social neuroscience : a perspective 287
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