Social neuroscience

Social neuroscience is a research discipline that examines how the brain mediates social processes and behaviour. A wide range of research topics are examined within this discipline, including social interactions, agency, empathy, morality, and social prejudice and affiliations.

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  • News and Views |

    How we value our own rewards depends on what others have. A new study shows that neurons in the medial prefrontal cortex selectively monitor the value of rewards received by oneself or by another individual, whereas midbrain dopaminergic neurons integrate these values to generate social subjective reward values.

    • Olga Dal Monte
    • , Siqi Fan
    •  & Steve W. C. Chang
    Nature Neuroscience 21, 1298-1299
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Through cooperation we are able to thrive, build societies, culture and technology. But history also reveals our potential for selfishness, spite and prejudice. Studying the neural processes that drive choice behaviour is essential to understand this paradox and develop means to curb greed and extend the limits of cooperation.

    • Carolyn H. Declerck
    •  & Christophe Boone
  • Research Highlights |

    In mice, neurons in the anterior cingulate cortex that project to the basolateral amygdala are required for observational learning.

    • Natasha Bray
  • News and Views |

    Humans and animals can react to the affective state of others in distress. However, exposure to a stressed partner can trigger stress-related adaptations. Two studies shed light on the mechanisms underlying the behavioral responses toward stressed individuals and on the synaptic changes associated with social transmission of stress.

    • Dana Rubi Levy
    •  & Ofer Yizhar
    Nature Neuroscience 21, 304-306