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Social Neuroscience

Key Readings

Edited by John T. Cacioppo, Gary G. Berntson

Psychology Press – 2005 – 334 pages

Series: Key Readings in Social Psychology

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Neuroscientists and cognitive scientists have collaborated for more than a decade with the common goal of understanding how the mind works. These collaborations have helped unravel puzzles of the mind, including aspects of perception, imagery, attention, and memory. Many aspects of the mind, however, require a more comprehensive approach to reveal the mystery of mind-brain connections. Attraction, altruism, speech recognition, affiliation, attachment, attitudes, identification, kin recognition, cooperation, competition, empathy, sexuality, communication, dominance, persuasion, obedience, morality, contagion, nurturance, violence, and person memory are just a few. Through classic and contemporary articles and reviews, Social Neuroscience: Key Readings illustrates the complementary nature of social, cognitive, and biological levels of analysis and how research integrating these levels can foster more comprehensive theories of the mechanisms underlying complex behavior and the mind.


"Social neuroscience is, arguably, the most revolutionary forward-looking development in 21st century science. Nothing compares with its ability to integrate mind, body, and social behavior. Social Neuroscience: Key Readings puts the teeth into that potential as no other contribution has to date. It is must reading for any scientist in this area.

." -- Shelley E. Taylor, University of California at Los Angeles

"There has been rapid growth in using neuroscience methods to understand social cognition and behavior. John Cacioppo and Gary Berntson perform the valuable task of sifting through this vast interdisciplinary literature for papers that illuminate the workings of the social brain. With enlightening and lucid introductions, the editors bring together a superb collection of recent papers relevant to the core issues of social neuroscience. This reader is perfect for any advanced undergraduate course or graduate seminar and is also of great value to academics seeking a concise introduction to this burgeoning literature.

." -- Todd F. Heatherton, Dartmouth College

"This is the place to start if you want to find out what social neuroscience is. The editors have done a superb job in assembling the fundamental and foundational works in the field. This book should be required reading for all graduate students in psychology -- and for all researchers and teachers who want to keep up with cutting-edge developments in the field.

." -- Stephen M. Kosslyn, Harvard University


About the Editors




Volume Overview: Analyses of the Social Brain through the Lens of Human Brain Imaging

John T. Cacioppo & Gary G. Berntson


The Brain Determines Social Behavior

Reading 1: The Return of Phineas Gage: Clues about the Brain from the Skull of a Famous Patient

Hanna Damasio, Thomas Grabowski, Randall Frank, Albert M. Galaburda & Antonio R. Damasio

Reading 2: Impairment of Social and Moral Behavior Related to Early Damage in Human Prefrontal Cortex

Steven W. Anderson, Antoine Bechara, Hanna Damasio, Daniel Tranel & Antonio R. Damasio


Dissociable Systems for Attention, Emotion, and Social Knowledge

Reading 3: Dissociable Prefrontal Brain Systems for Attention and Emotion

Hiroshi Yamasaki, Kevin S. LaBar & Gregory McCarthy

Reading 4: Distinct Neural Systems Subserve Person and Object Knowledge

Jason P. Mitchell, Todd F. Heatherton & C. Neil Macrae

Reading 5: Functional Networks in Emotional Moral and Nonmoral Social Judgments

Jorge Moll, Ricardo de Oliveira-Souza, Ivanei E. Bramati & Jordan Grafman


Dissociable Systems for Face and Object Processing

Reading 6: Stages of Processing in Face Perception: An MEG Study

Jia Liu, Alison Harris & Nancy Kanwisher

Reading 7: Distributed and Overlapping Representations of Faces and Objects in Ventral Temporal Cortex

James V. Haxby, M. Ida Gobbini, Maura L Furey, Alumit Ishai, Jennifer L. Schouten & Pietro Pietrini


Dissociable Systems for the Perception of Biological Movement

Reading 8: Brain Areas Active during Visual Perception of Biological Motion

Emily D. Grossman & Randolph Blake

Reading 9: Electrophysiology and Brain Imaging of Biological Motion

Aina Puce & David Perrett


Biological Movement: From Perception to Imitation and Emotion

Reading 10: Action Observation Activates Premotor and Parietal Areas in a Somatotopic Manner: An fMRI Study

G. Buccino, F. Binkofski, G.R. Fink, L. Fadiga, L. Fogassi, V. Gallese, R.J. Seitz, K. Zilles, G. Rizzolatti & H.J. Freund

Reading 11: Neural Mechanisms of Empathy in Humans: A Relay from Neural Systems for Imitation to Limbic Areas

Laurie Carr, Marco Iacoboni, Marie-Charlotte Dubeau, John C. Mazziotta & Gian Luigi Lenzi


Animacy, Causality, and Theory of Mind

Reading 12: Movement and Mind: A Functional Imaging Study of Perception and Interpretation of Complex Intentional Movement Patterns

Fulvia Castelli, Francesca Happé, Uta Frith & Chris Frith

Reading 13: People Thinking about Thinking People: The Role of the Temporo-Parietal Junction in "Theory of Mind"

R. Saxe & Nancy Kanwisher


Social Perception and Cognition: Multiple Routes

Reading 14: Neural Correlates of the Automatic Processing of Threat Facial Signals

Adam K. Anderson, Kalina Christoff, David Panitz, Eve De Rosa & John D.E. Gabrieli

Reading 15: Automatic and Intentional Brain Responses during Evaluation of Trustworthiness of Faces

J.S. Winston, B.A. Strange, J.O. O'Doherty & R.J. Dolan


Decision Making

Reading 16: The Neural Basis of Economic Decision-Making in the Ultimatum Game

Alan G. Sanfey, James K. Rilling, Jessica A. Aronson, Leigh E. Nystrom & Jonathan D. Cohen

Reading 17: Exploring the Neurological Substrate of Emotional and Social Intelligence

Reuven Bar-On, Daniel Tranel, Natalie L. Denburg & Antoine Bechara


Biological Does Not Mean Predetermined: Reciprocal Influences of Social and Biological Processes

Reading 18: Social Dominance in Monkeys: Dopamine D2 Receptors and Cocaine Self-Administration

Drake Morgan, Kathleen A. Grant, H. Donald Gage, Robert H. Mach, Jay R. Kaplan, Osric Prioleau, Susan H. Nader, Nancy Buchheimer, Richard L. Ehrenkaufer & Michael A. Nader

Reading 19: Rethinking Feelings: An fMRI Study of the Cognitive Regulation of Emotion

Kevin N. Ochsner, Silvia A. Bunge, James J. Gross & John D.E. Gabrieli

Appendix: How to Read a Journal Article in Social Psychology

Christian H. Jordan and Mark P. Zanna

Author Index

Subject Index

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Description: Edited by John T. Cacioppo, Gary G. Berntson. Neuroscientists and cognitive scientists have collaborated for more than a decade with the common goal of understanding how the mind works. These collaborations have helped unravel puzzles of the mind, including aspects of perception, imagery,...
Categories: Social Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Social Neuroscience