Affective Neuroscience as Sociological Inquiry?

  • Christian von Scheve


In this chapter I discuss the ways in which a particular area of neuroscientific research, affective neuroscience, may inform sociological approaches to affect and emotion and social inquiry more generally. Taking a decidedly micro-sociological perspective, I argue that findings from affective neuroscience may shed light, in particular, on the bodily dimensions of affect and emotion that are often highlighted in sociology, yet hardly ever conceptualized in more detail. These dimensions are discussed in view of the generation of affect and emotion and their role in decision-making and social interaction. Finally, I contextualize these issues and the status of knowledge produced in the field of affective neuroscience in a broader biosocial perspective.



This work was supported by a grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the Collaborative Research Center 1171 ‘Affective Societies’ at Freie Universität Berlin.


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