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Essays in Social Neuroscience : Social Neuroscience - John T. Cacioppo

Essays in Social Neuroscience

Social Neuroscience

By: John T. Cacioppo (Editor), Gary G. Berntson (Editor)

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This collection of essays by a group of distinguished social neuroscientists provides the reader with an engaging overview of this emerging multidisciplinary and collaborative field. In the twentieth century, the arbitrary barrier between neuroscience and social psychology was reinforced by the specialized knowledge required by each field and an emphasis on scientific work in isolation from other disciplines; the biological and social perspectives on mind and behavior developed for the most part independently of each other. Neuroscientists often considered social factors irrelevant or minimally important, while cognitive and social scientists tended to ignore biological constraints and mechanisms as leading to what they mistakenly thought of as reductionism. By the end of the twentieth century, however, as those working in both fields were spurred by the common goal of understanding how the mind works, systematic collaborations between neuroscientists and cognitive scientists had begun. These collaborative efforts have already helped unravel aspects of perception, imagery, attention, and memory.These essays -- by leaders in the field -- reflect the range of disciplines engaged and questions addressed today in social neuroscience. Topics include maternal effects and chromatin modeling; "Oxytocin and the prairie vole: a love story"; pheromones, social odors, and the unconscious; and memory.

"A collection of very readable gems by some of the leading experts in this emerging, multifaceted discipline. A great introduction for students and investigators at all levels."--Richard D. Lane, Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Arizona

Prefacep. vii
The Nature of Nurture: Maternal Effects and Chromatin Remodelingp. 1
Aggression, Serotonin, and Gene-Environment Interactions in Rhesus Monkeysp. 15
A Balance Within: Dissecting Neural and Neuroendocrine Pathways That Transduce Signals from the Outside Worldp. 29
Protective and Damaging Effects of Stress Mediatorsp. 41
Oxytocin and the Prairie Vole: A Love Storyp. 53
On Pheromones, Vasanas, Social Odors, and the Unconsciousp. 65
Affective Style: Causes and Consequencesp. 77
When Memory Sinsp. 93
Multilevel Analyses and Reductionism: Why Social Psychologists Should Care about Neuroscience and Vice Versap. 107
Emotion, Social Cognition, and the Human Brainp. 121
The Accidental Neuroscientist: Positive Resources, Stress Responses, and Course of Illnessp. 133
Contributorsp. 143
Indexp. 145
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ISBN: 9780262033237
ISBN-10: 0262033232
Series: Social Neuroscience
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 16th July 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.7  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.35