About the book
Social neuroscience is an expanding field that, by investigating the neural mechanisms that inform our behavior, explains our ability to recognize, understand, and interact with others. Concepts such as trust, revenge, empathy, prejudice, and love are now being explored and unraveled by neuroscientists. This engaging and cutting-edge text is an accessible introduction to the complex methods and concepts of social neuroscience, with examples from contemporary research and a blend of different pedagogical features helping students engage with the material, including essay questions, summary and key points, and further reading suggestions.
The second edition of this groundbreaking text is thoroughly revised and expanded to reflect the growing volume of evidence and theories in the field. Notable additions include a greater emphasis on genetics and hormones, and the expansion of topics such as cultural neuroscience, emotion regulation, biological markers of autism, power and status, social categorization of faces and people, and new accounts of mirror neuron functioning.
Richly illustrated in attractive full-color, with figures, boxes, and ‘real-world’ implications of research, this text is the ideal introduction to the subject for undergraduate and postgraduate students in fields such as psychology and neuroscience.
About the author
Jamie Ward is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, UK, and he is the Co-Director of Sussex Neuroscience. He has published over 100 scientific papers and several books including the Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience (now in its third edition) and The Frog who Croaked Blue: Synesthesia and the Mixing of the Senses (now translated into three languages). He was the Founding Editor of Cognitive Neuroscience, a journal from Psychology Press.