New Frontiers in Social Neuroscience

  • Jean Decety
  • Yves Christen

Part of the Research and Perspectives in Neurosciences book series (NEUROSCIENCE, volume 21)

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Traditionally, neuroscience has considered the nervous system as an isolated entity and largely ignored influences of the social environments in which humans and many animal species live. In fact, we now recognize the considerable impact of social structures on the operations of the brain and body. These social factors operate on the individual through a continuous interplay of neural, neuroendocrine, metabolic and immune factors on brain and body, in which the brain is the central regulatory organ, and also a malleable target of these factors. Social neuroscience investigates the biological mechanisms that underlie social processes and behavior, widely considered one of the major problem areas for the neurosciences in the 21st century, and applies concepts and methods of biology to develop theories of social processes and behavior in the social and behavioral sciences. Social neuroscience capitalizes on biological concepts and methods to inform and refine theories of social behavior, and it uses social and behavioral constructs and data to advance theories of neural organization and function. This volume brings together scholars who work with animal and human models of social behavior to discuss the challenges and opportunities in this interdisciplinary academic field.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Decety
    • 1
  • Yves Christen
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of PsychologyThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Fondation IPSEN pour la Recherche TherapeutiqueBoulogne Billancourt CedexFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-02903-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-02904-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0945-6082
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-3096
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