Decision-making is an integral part of our daily lives. Researchers seek a complete understanding of the decision-making process, including the biological and social basis and the impact of our decisions. From DNA to Social Cognition fills a gap in the literature that brings together the methods, perspectives, and knowledge of the geneticists, neuroscientists, economists, and psychologists that are integral to this field of research. The editors’ unique expertise ensures an integrated and complete compilation of materials that will prove useful to researchers and scientists interested in social cognition and decision-making.
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About the Author
Dr. Richard Ebstein (Editor) is one of the leaders in the field of personality genetics and human behavioral genetics. He is Professor and head of the Scheinfeld Center at the Hebrew University. He has published widely and his work was recently highlighted in a Science magazine issue devoted to behavioral genetics [Holden C (2008) Parsing the genetics of behavior. Science 322(5903):892-895].
Dr. Soo Hong Chew (Editor) is a leading economist and has made important contributions to economic theory. He is Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Professor Chew will provide the expertise on game theory and its application to behavioral economics and neuroeconomics.
Dr. Simone Shamay-Tsoory (Editor) has expertise in the neural correlates of emotions and social cognition, particularly empathy and "theory of mind".
Table of Contents
Introduction 1Richard P. Ebstein, Mikhail Monakhov, Poh San Lai, andSimone G. Shamay-Tsoory
PART 1 EMPATHY: NEURAL BASES AND GENETIC CORRELATES19
1.1 Genes Related to Autistic Traits and Empathy 21Bhismadev Chakrabarti and Simon Baron-Cohen
1.2 The Behavioral Genetics of Human Pair Bonding 37Hasse Walum and Lars Westberg
1.3 Brain Networks Supporting Empathy 47Martin Schulte-Rüther and Ellen Greimel
1.4 The Human Mirror Neuron System and Social Cognition 63Sook-Lei Liew and Lisa Aziz-Zadeh
1.5 Motivational Aspects of Future Thinking in the VentromedialPrefrontal Cortex 81Arnaud D'Argembeau
PART 2 MORAL NEUROSCIENCE AND EMOTION 91
2.1 Contributions of the Prefrontal Cortex to Social Cognitionand Moral Judgment Processes 93Chad E. Forbes, Joshua C. Poore, and Jordan Grafman
2.2 Emotion and Moral Cognition 111Michael Koenigs
2.3 The Neuroanatomical Basis of Moral Cognition and Emotion123Roland Zahn, Ricardo de Oliveira-Souza, and Jorge Moll
2.4 Envy and Schadenfreude: The Neural Correlates of CompetitiveEmotions 139Jonathan Dvash and Simone G. Shamay-Tsoory
PART 3 Genes and Decision Making 157
3.1 The Somatic Marker Framework and the Neurological Basis ofDecision Making 159Antoine Bechara
3.2 A Model of the Initial Stages of Drug Abuse: FromReinforcement Learning to Social Contagion 185Gilly Koritzky, Adi Luria, and Eldad Yechiam
3.3 Extrinsic Effects and Models of Dominance HierarchyFormation 203Matthew Druen and Lee Alan Dugatkin
3.4 Complex Social Cognition and the Appreciation of SocialNorms in Psychiatric Disorders: Insights from Evolutionary GameTheory 215Martin Brüne and Julia Wischniewski
3.5 From Neuroeconomics to Genetics: The Intertemporal ChoicesCase as an Example 233Itzhak Aharon and Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde