Methods in Social Neuroscience

Methods in Social Neuroscience

by Eddie Harmon-Jones PhD, Jennifer S. Beer PhD

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Straightforward and practical, this is the first book to provide detailed guidance for using neurobiological methods in the study of human social behavior, personality, and affect. Each chapter clearly introduces the method at hand, provides examples of the method's applications, discusses its strengths and limitations, and reviews concrete experimental design considerations. Written by acknowledged experts, chapters cover neuroimaging techniques, genetic measurement, hormonal methods, lesion studies, startle eyeblink responses, facial electromyography, autonomic nervous system responses, and modeling based on neural networks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462506279
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 05/09/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 353
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Eddie Harmon-Jones, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His research focuses on emotions and motivations, their implications for social and cognitive processes and behaviors, and their underlying neural circuits. He is a recipient of the Award for Distinguished Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology from the Society for Psychophysiological Research. Dr. Harmon-Jones has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and is currently an associate editor of Psychological Science and Emotion.

Jennifer S. Beer, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychology and a faculty member in the Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research adopts lesion and functional magnetic resonance imaging methodologies to examine self-regulation of social behavior. Dr. Beer serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Social Cognition, Emotion, and Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience. Additionally, she has provided service to the field of social neuroscience as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation (United States), the Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom), and the VENI Innovational Research Incentive Scheme (The Netherlands), and as a course instructor for training institutes in the United States and Europe.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Social and Personality Neuroscience Methods, Eddie Harmon-Jones and Jennifer S. Beer

2. Collaborations in Social and Personality Neuroscience, Cindy Harmon-Jones, Jennifer S. Beer, and Eddie Harmon-Jones

3. Assessment of Salivary Hormones, Oliver C. Schultheiss and Steven J. Stanton

4. Neuroendocrine Manipulation of the Sexually Dimorphic Human Social Brain, Jack van Honk

5. Facial EMG, Ursula Hess

6. The Startle Eyeblink Response, Terry D. Blumenthal and Joseph C. Franklin

7. Assessing Autonomic Nervous System Activity, Wendy Berry Mendes

8. Patient Methodologies for the Study of Personality and Social Processes, Jennifer S. Beer

9. Electroencephalographic Methods in Social and Personality Psychology, Eddie Harmon-Jones and Carly K. Peterson

10. Using Event-Related Brain Potentials in Social Psychological Research: A Brief Review and Tutorial, Bruce D. Bartholow and David M. Amodio

11. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Dennis J. L. G. Schutter

12. Using Connectionist Networks to Understand Neurobiological Processes in Social and Personality Psychology, Stephen J. Read and Brian M. Monroe

13. Molecular Biology and Genomic Imaging in Social and Personality Psychology, Turhan Canli

14. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Affective and Social Neurosciences, Tom Johnstone, M. Justin Kim, and Paul J. Whalen


Researchers and students in social and personality psychology and neuroscience. Serves as a text in advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in social, personality, and/or affective neuroscience.

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