Foundations in Social Neuroscience





A full understanding of the biology and behavior of humans cannot be complete without the collective contributions of the social sciences, cognitive sciences, and neurosciences. This book collects eighty-two of the foundational articles in the emerging discipline of social neuroscience.

The book addresses five main areas of research: multilevel integrative analyses of social behavior, using the tools of neuroscience, cognitive science, and social science to examine specific cases of social interaction; the relationships between social cognition and the brain, using noninvasive brain imaging to document brain function in various social situations; rudimentary biological mechanisms for motivation, emotion, and attitudes, and the shaping of these mechanisms by social factors; the biology of social relationships and interpersonal processes; and social influences on biology and health.

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John T. Cacioppo

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.

Gary G. Berntson

Gary G. Berntson is Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics at Ohio State University.

Ralph Adolphs

C. Sue Carter

C. Sue Carter is Professor of Psychiatry and Codirector of the Brain Body Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Richard J. Davidson

Richard J. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin. He is coeditor of Brain Asymmetry (MIT Press, 1994) and Foundations in Social Neuroscience (MIT Press, 2001).

Martha McClintock

Bruce S. McEwen

Michael Meaney

Daniel L. Schacter

Esther M. Sternberg

Steve Suomi

Shelley E. Taylor


  • This book does not simply serve as an invaluable resource for researchers in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, emotion, personality psychology, motivation, perception, social psychology, and related fields—it also defines the new field of social neuroscience in the most effective way, by example. No library should be without this superb collection.

    Stephen M. Kosslyn

    John Lindsley Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

  • This excellent book will no doubt result in new directions for studies of the mind and the brain, bridging the social, biological and psychological aspects of human behavior.

    Kenneth Hugdahl

    Professor of Biological Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway

  • One of the most exciting frontiers of knowledge is how social behavior depends upon the brain and, at the same time, how social context and social behavior exert powerful effects on brain function. Unfortunately the gulf between neuroscience and understandings of the social world remains enormous. Cacioppo and colleagues have performed a great service with this volume by documenting the importance of crossing this gulf and highlighting significant ways in which it can be done.

    Steven E. Hyman

    Provost, Harvard University, and Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School

  • This book superbly captures the immense excitement that many in the brain, cognitive, and social sciences feel about prospect of unraveling the secrets of the human mind. The benefits of this agenda for mankind will be enormous. Anyone interested in the direction this work is taking will enjoy reading this comprehensive collection of essays.

    Marcus E. Raichle

    Professor of Radiology and Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine