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The Student's Guide to Social Neuroscience
     

The Student's Guide to Social Neuroscience

by Jamie Ward
 

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Social neuroscience is a rapidly growing field which explains, using neural mechanisms, our ability to recognize, understand, and interact with others. Concepts such as trust, revenge, empathy, prejudice, and love are now being explored and unravelled by neuroscientists. This engaging and cutting-edge text provides an accessible introduction to the complex methods

Overview

Social neuroscience is a rapidly growing field which explains, using neural mechanisms, our ability to recognize, understand, and interact with others. Concepts such as trust, revenge, empathy, prejudice, and love are now being explored and unravelled by neuroscientists. This engaging and cutting-edge text provides an accessible introduction to the complex methods and concepts of social neuroscience, with examples from contemporary research and a blend of different pedagogical features helping students to engage with the material, including essay questions, summary and key points, and further reading suggestions.

The second edition of this ground-breaking text has been thoroughly revised and expanded to reflect the growing volume of evidence and theories in the field. Notable additions include a greater emphasis on genetics and hormones, and the expansion of topics such as cultural neuroscience, emotion regulation, biological markers of autism, power and status, social categorization, and new accounts of mirror neuron functioning. The book is supported by a fully updated companion website, featuring student resources including lecture recordings, multiple choice questions and useful web links, as well as PowerPoint slides for lecturers.

Richly illustrated in attractive full-color, with figures, boxes, and ‘real-world’ implications of research, this text is the ideal introduction to the field for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in fields such as psychology and neuroscience.

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From the Publisher
"One of the first books of its kind to explore the brain mechanisms involved in creating and interacting with our social environment. ... A good companion to Ward's popular A Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience ... both recommended as introductory texts for undergraduate and postgraduate students because of their easy to read style, accompanying colour illustrations, definitions, as well as chapter summaries." - Karima Susi, Nottingham Trent University, UK, in The Psychologist

"I stopped using textbooks more than a decade ago, but that's about to change. Given that Ward's is the very first textbook focusing on social neuroscience, I am extremely impressed. It will be the best around for years to come. It is current, broad, and precise. The writing style will be accessible to undergraduates, graduates, and even professors. It is the perfect introduction to this exciting new field." - Matthew D. Lieberman, Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

"The first book of its kind, this well written and accessible text provides a compelling introduction to many of the fascinating questions, methods, and findings in the burgeoning field of social neuroscience." - John T. Cacioppo, Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, University of Chicago, USA

"This book will be very useful in providing students with a complete and clear introduction to the field of social neuroscience. Particularly useful is the inclusion of a chapter on social neuroscience methods, that will give students the tools to better understand the extensive collection of studies described in the book." - Iroise Dumontheil, Institute of Neuroscience, University College London, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848720046
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/04/2012
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 2.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Jamie Ward is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, UK, and he is the Co-Director of Sussex Neuroscience. He has published over 100 scientific papers and several books including the Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience (now in its third edition) and The Frog who Croaked Blue: Synesthesia and the Mixing of the Senses (now translated into 3 languages). He was the Founding Editor of Cognitive Neuroscience, a journal from Psychology Press.

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