Social Neuroscience

People Thinking about Thinking People

Social neuroscience uses the methodologies and tools developed to measure mental and brain function to study social cognition, emotion, and behavior. In this collection John Cacioppo, Penny Visser, and Cynthia Pickett have brought together contributions from psychologists, neurobiologists, psychiatrists, radiologists, and neurologists that focus on the neurobiological underpinnings of social information processing, particularly the mechanisms underlying "people thinking about thinking people." In these studies such methods as functional brain imaging, studies of brain lesion patients, comparative analyses, and developmental data are brought to bear on social thinking and feeling systems—the ways in which human beings influence and are influenced by other humans.

The broad range of disciplines represented by the contributors confirms that among the strengths of social neuroscience are its interdisciplinary approach and the use of multiple methods that bridge disciplines and levels of analysis.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword Mahzarin R. Banaji
  2. Preface
  3. 1. Reasoning about Brains

    Gary G. Berntson

  4. 2. Neurological Substrates of Emotional and Social Intelligence: Evidence from Patients with Focal Brain Lesions

    Antoine Bechara and Reuven Bar-On

  5. 3. Neural Substrates of Self-Awareness

    Debra A. Gusnard

  6. 4. Thinking about Others: The Neural Substrates of Social Cognition

    Jason P. Mitchell, Malia F. Mason, C. Neil Macrae, and Mahzarin R. Banaji

  7. 5. Four Brain Regions for One Theory of Mind?

    Rebecca Saxe

  8. 6. Theory of Mind and the Evolution of Social Intelligence

    Valerie E. Stone

  9. 7. Investigating Cortical Mechanisms of Language Processing in Social Context

    Howard C. Nusbaum and Steven L. Small

  10. 8. Orbitofrontal Cortex and Social Regulation

    Jennifer S. Beer

  11. 9. A Pain by any other Name (Rejection, Exclusion, Ostracism) still Hurts the Same: The Role of Dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex in Social and Physical Pain

    Matthew D. Lieberman and Naomi I. Eisenberger

  12. 10. The Social Neuroscience of Stereotyping and Prejudice: Using Event-Related Brain Potentials to Study Social Perception

    Tiffany A. Ito, Geoffrey R. Urland, Eve Willadsen-Jensen, and Joshua Correll

  13. 11. Race and Emotion: Insights from a Social Neuroscience Perspective

    Nalini Ambady, Joan Y. Chiao, Pearl Chiu, and Patricia Deldin

  14. 12. Animal Models of Human Attitudes: Integration across Behavioral, Cognitive, and Social Neuroscience

    Elizabeth A. Phelps and Mahzarin R. Banaji

  15. 13. Characterizing the Functional Architecture of Affect Regulation: Emerging Answers and Outstanding Questions

    Kevin N. Ochsner

  16. 14. What Is Special about Social Cognition?

    Ralph Adolphs

  17. 15. Social Neuroscience: A Perspective

    Marcus E. Raichle

  18. Contributors
  19. Index
  20. Color Insert