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.
Social neuroscience has yielded insights into such aspects of social behavior as social regulation, social rejection, impression formation, self-awareness, and attitudes regarding social groups. The studies in Social Neuroscience examine topics including the neural substrates of self-awareness and social cognition, theory of mind, cortical mechanisms of language processing, stereotyping, prejudice and race, and the special quality of social cognition.
About the Editors
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.
“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.”
"This landmark volume provides state-of-the-art coverage of the burgeoning field of social neuroscience. The editors have done a superb job of bringing together an outstanding set of investigators working across levels of analysis to understand the social brain. This book will have great appeal to those who are interested in learning more about fundamental research on the neuroscientific understanding of social behavior."
Todd F. Heatherton, Champion International Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College