Developmental Social Neuroscience: A Special Issue of Social Neuroscience

Philip David Zelazo Tomas Paus


Developmental Social Neuroscience: A Special Issue of Social Neuroscience

Developmental Social Neuroscience: A Special Issue of Social Neuroscience

  • Title: Developmental Social Neuroscience: A Special Issue of Social Neuroscience
  • Author: Philip David Zelazo Tomas Paus
  • ISBN: 9781848727410
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Hardcover



This Special Issue showcases some of the latest and best research in an important emerging field, developmental social neuroscience, which is focused on the nature and development of the mechanisms involved in socially relevant human behavior Recent work on the neural correlates of empathy, prosocial and antisocial behavior, and inter personal communication, for example,This Special Issue showcases some of the latest and best research in an important emerging field, developmental social neuroscience, which is focused on the nature and development of the mechanisms involved in socially relevant human behavior Recent work on the neural correlates of empathy, prosocial and antisocial behavior, and inter personal communication, for example, is transforming our view of human development by revealing complex interactions among genes and environment, including culture, that are shaping brain and behavior throughout life This work, like research in social neuroscience generally, is also causing scientists to reassess longstanding assumptions about the meaning of constructs and false dichotomies such as cognition versus emotion, and behavior versus brain What emerges is a holistic view of human beings as dynamic, multidimensional phenomena that are simultaneously cognitive and emotional, behavioral and neural, social and individual, depending on how you approach the phenomena and how you measure them.A prominent feature of this new research is the use of multiple methods in order to make measurements at multiple levels of analysis What distinguishes the studies included here from other recent work in social neuroscience is the adoption of a developmental approach From a developmental perspective, human beings are viewed as dynamic organisms, continually in flux an effort is made to document the ontogenetic time series The hope is that a developmental approach will provide a comprehensive and hence, complete description of human social function namely, one that includes an understanding of the actual causal mechanisms by which this function emerges.


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