The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain / Edition 2

The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain / Edition 2

by Louis Cozolino
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Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.


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The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain / Edition 2

A revised edition of the best-selling text on how relationships build our brains.
As human beings, we cherish our individuality yet we know that we live in constant relationship to others, and that other people play a significant part in regulating our emotional and social behavior. Although this interdependence is a reality of our existence, we are just beginning to understand that we have evolved as social creatures with interwoven brains and biologies. The human brain itself is a social organ and to truly understand being human, we must understand not only how we as whole people exist with others, but how our brains, themselves, exist in relationship to other brains.
The first edition of this book tackled these important questions of interpersonal neurobiology—that the brain is a social organ built through experience—using poignant case examples from the author’s years of clinical experience. Brain drawings and elegant explanations of social neuroscience wove together emerging findings from the research literature to bring neuroscience to the stories of our lives.
Since the publication of the first edition in 2006, the field of social neuroscience has grown at a mind-numbing pace. Technical advances now provide more windows into our inner neural universe and terms like attachment, empathy, compassion, and mindfulness have begun to appear in the scientific literature. Overall, there has been a deepening appreciation for the essential interdependence of brain and mind. More and more parents, teachers, and therapists are asking how brains develop, grow, connect, learn, and heal. The new edition of this book organizes this cutting-edge, abundant research and presents its compelling insights, reflecting a host of significant developments in social neuroscience.
Our understanding of mirror neurons and their significance to human relationships has continued to expand and deepen and is discussed here. Additionally, this edition reflects the gradual shift in focus from individual brain structures to functional neural systems—an important and necessary step forward. A great deal of neural overlap has been discovered in brain activation when we are thinking about others and ourselves. This raises many questions including how we come to know others and whether the notion of an “individual self” is anything more than an evolutionary strategy to support our interconnection.
In short, we are just beginning to see the larger implications of all neurological processes—how the architecture of the brain can help us to better understand individuals and our relationships. This book gives readers a deeper appreciation of how and why relationships have the power to reshape our brains throughout our life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393707823
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/24/2014
Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 315,891
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Louis Cozolino, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Pepperdine University and a private practitioner. He is the author of The Healthy Aging Brain, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, and The Making of a Therapist. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface to the Second Edition xi

Introduction: I, Me, Mine xiii

Part I The Emergence of Social Neuroscience: An Overview

1 The Social Brain 3

2 The Evolving Brain 14

Part II The Social Brain Structures and Functions

3 The Developing Brain 27

4 The Social Brain: A Thumbnail Sketch 41

5 Social and Emotional Laterality 59

Part III Bridging the Social Synapse

6 Experience-Dependent Plasticity: The Science of Epigenetics 77

7 Reflexes and Instincts: Jump-Starting Attachment 94

8 Addicted to Love 115

9 Implicit Social Memory 132

10 Ways of Attaching 143

Part IV I See You

11 I've Just Seen a Face 161

12 Getting to Know You 181

13 Monkey See, Monkey Do: Imitation and Mirror Neurons 205

14 Resonance, Attunement, and Empathy 225

Part V The Power of Relationships

15 Sociostasis: How Relationships Regulate Our Brains 243

16 The Impact of Early Stress 258

17 Interpersonal Trauma 277

Part VI Disorders of the Social Brain

18 Social Phobia: When Others Trigger Fear 297

19 Borderline Personality Disorder: When Attachment Fails 319

20 Psychopathy: The Antisocial Brain 338

21 Autism: The Asocial Brain 351

Part VII Social Neural Plasticity

22 Self and Others 365

23 From Neurons to Narratives 381

24 Healing Relationships 398

25 From Social Brain to Group Mind 412

Credits 427

References 435

Index 613

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