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 neurobiologythat the brain is a social organ built through experienceusing 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 systemsan 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 processeshow 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.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Series:||Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology Series|
|Edition description:||Second Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
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