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Social Neuroscience: Integrating Biological and Psychological Explanations of Social Behavior

Social Neuroscience: Integrating Biological and Psychological Explanations of Social Behavior

by Eddie Harmon-Jones PhD, Piotr Winkielman PhDEddie Harmon-Jones PhD
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This compelling volume provides a broad and accessible overview of the emerging field of social neuroscience. Showcasing an array of cutting-edge research programs, leading investigators present new approaches to the study of how the brain influences social behavior, and vice versa. The contributors discuss the theoretical advantages of taking a social neuroscience perspective and analyze what their findings reveal about core social psychological phenomena. Essential topics include emotion, motivation, attitudes, person perception, stereotyping and prejudice, and interpersonal relationships.

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ISBN-13: 9781593856441
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 11/15/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Eddie Harmon-Jones, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Harmon-Jones’s current research focuses on emotions and motivations, their implications for social processes and behaviors, and their underlying neural circuits. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Fetzer Institute. In 1999 he coedited Cognitive Dissonance: Progress on a Pivotal Theory in Social Psychology. In 2002 he received the Distinguished Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology from the Society for Psychophysiological Research. In 2003 Dr. Harmon-Jones coedited a special issue devoted to social neuroscience for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He has also served as an associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and is on the editorial boards of four other journals.
Piotr Winkielman, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Winkielman’s current research focuses on the relation between emotion, cognition, body, and consciousness using psychological and psychophysiological approaches. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Alliance for Autism Research. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and is currently Associate Editor of Emotion. In 2005 Dr. Winkielman coedited Emotion and Consciousness.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

1. A Brief Overview of Social Neuroscience, Eddie Harmon-Jones and Piotr Winkielman

II. Emotion Processes

2. The Importance of Emotion–Social Cognition Interactions for Social Functioning: Insights from Orbitofrontal Cortex, Jennifer S. Beer

3. Neurobiology of Emotion Recognition: Current Evidence for Shared Substrates, Andrea S. Heberlein and Ralph Adolphs

4. Ten Years of Research with the Trier Social Stress Test—Revisited, Brigitte M. Kudielka, Dirk H. Hellhammer, and Clemens Kirschbaum

5. I Know How You Feel: Social and Emotional Information Processing in the Brain, Catherine J. Norris and John T. Cacioppo

6. How Thinking Controls Feeling: A Social Cognitive Neuroscience Approach, Kevin N. Ochsner

III. Motivation Processes

7. Asymmetrical Frontal Cortical Activity, Affective Valence, and Motivational Direction, Eddie Harmon-Jones

8. Reward: Neural Circuitry for Social Valuation, Brian Knutson and G. Elliott Wimmer

9. A Biobehavioral Model of Implicit Power Motivation Arousal, Reward, and Frustration, Oliver C. Schultheiss

10. Vigilant and Avoidant Responses to Angry Facial Expressions: Dominance and Submission Motives, Jack van Honk and Dennis J. L. G. Schutter

IV. Attitudes and Social Cognition

11. Attitudes and Evaluation: Toward a Component Process Framework, William A. Cunningham and Marcia K. Johnson

12. A Social Cognitive Neuroscience Model of Human Empathy, Jean Decety

13.How Dynamics of Thinking Create Affective and Cognitive Feelings: Psychology and Neuroscience of the Connection between Fluency, Liking, and Memory, Tedra A. Fazendeiro, Troy Chenier, and Piotr Winkielman

14. The X- and C-Systems: The Neural Basis of Automatic and Controlled Social Cognition, Matthew D. Lieberman

15. An Evolutionary Perspective on Domain Specificity in Social Intelligence, Valerie E. Stone

V. Person Perception, Stereotyping, and Prejudice

16. Mechanisms for the Regulation of Intergroup Responses: Insights from a Social Neuroscience Approach, David M. Amodio, Patricia G. Devine, and Eddie Harmon-Jones

17. Social Cognitive Neuroscience of Person Perception: A Selective Review Focused on the Event-Related Brain Potential, Bruce D. Bartholow and Cheryl L. Dickter

18. Social Neuroscience and Social Perception: New Perspectives on Categorization, Prejudice, and Stereotyping, Tiffany A. Ito, Eve Willadsen-Jensen, and Joshua Correll

VI. Interpersonal Relationships

19. Neuropeptides and the Protective Effects of Social Bonds, C. Sue Carter

20. The Quiet Revolution of Existential Neuroscience, Marco Iacoboni

21. Affiliative Responses to Stress: A Social Neuroscience Model, Shelley E. Taylor and Gian C. Gonzaga

22. The Social Neuroscience of Relationships: An Examination of Health-Relevant Pathways, Bert N. Uchino, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Darcy Uno, Rebecca Campo, and Maija Reblin



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

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