Handbook of Developmental Social Neuroscience

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-02
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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Recent years have seen an explosion of research into the physiological and neural bases of social behavior. This state-of-the science handbook is unique in approaching the topic from a developmental perspective. Exploring the dynamic relationship between biology and social behavior from infancy through adolescence, leading investigators discuss key processes in typical and atypical development. Chapters address emotion, motivation, person perception, interpersonal relationships, developmental disorders, and psychopathology. The volume sheds light on how complex social abilities emerge from basic brain circuits, whether there are elements of social behavior that are "hard wired" in the brain, and the impact of early experiences. Illustrations include 8 color plates.

Author Biography

Michelle de Haan, PhD, is Reader in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Institute of Child Health at University College London. Dr. de Haan's research applies neuroimaging and neuropsychological methods to examine the neural correlates of typical and atypical cognitive and social development. She has published over 70 articles, books, and book chapters in this area, and is Associate Editor of the journal Developmental Science.


Megan R. Gunnar, PhD, is Regents Professor of Child Development in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gunnar's research focuses on stress biology and the role of early adversity in shaping stress, emotion, and cognitive functioning in the developing child. She has published over 150 articles, chapters, and edited volumes in this area.

Table of Contents

The Brain in a Social Environment: Why Study Development?p. 3
Methodological and Biological Background
Methods in Social Neuroscience: Issues in Studying Developmentp. 13
Neuroanatomy of the Developing Social Brainp. 38
Perceiving and Communicating with Others
Neural Bases of the Development of Face Processingp. 63
Decoding Social Signals in the Infant Brain: A Look at Eye Gaze Perceptionp. 87
The Development and Neural Bases of Processing Emotion in Faces and Voicesp. 107
The Development of Social Information Gathering in Infancy: A Model of Neural Substrates and Developmental Mechanismsp. 122
Imitation as a Stepping Stone to Empathyp. 142
Mentalizing and Development during Adolescencep. 159
Early Communicative Development and the Social Brainp. 175
Evolutionary Origins of Social Communicationp. 207
Attachment and the Comparative Psychobiology of Motheringp. 225
Neuroendocrine Mechanisms of Social Bonds and Child-Parent Attachment, from the Child's Perspectivep. 246
Neurobiology and Hormonal Aspects of Romantic Relationshipsp. 265
Animal Models of Romantic Relationshipsp. 281
Regulatory Systems: Motivation and Emotion
Temperament and Affect Vulnerability: Behavioral, Electrocortical, and Neuroimaging Perspectivesp. 305
Reward Systemsp. 324
Social Relationships as Primary Rewards: The Neurobiology of Attachmentp. 342
A Brain-Based Account of Developmental Changes in Social Decision Makingp. 378
Perspectives on Psychopathology
A Social Neuroscience Approach to Adolescent Depressionp. 399
The Development and Neural Bases of Psychopathyp. 419
Autism: Risk Factors, Risk Processes, and Outcomep. 435
Social and Genetic Aspects of Turner, Williams-Beuren, and Fragile X Syndromesp. 459
The Effects of Early Institutionalization on Social Behavior and Underlying Neural Correlatesp. 477
Socioemotional Development Following Early Abuse and Neglect: Challenges and Insights from Translational Researchp. 497
Author Indexp. 521
Subject Indexp. 543
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