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From DNA to Social Cognition

  • ID: 2000020
  • Book
  • 264 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The single authoritative source on social cognition and decision–making

Decision–making is an integral part of our daily lives. Researchers seek a complete understanding of the decision–making process, including its biological and social basis and the impact of our decisions. From DNA to Social Cognition fills a gap in the literature that brings together the methods, perspectives, and knowledge of the geneticists, neuroscientists, economists, and psychologists that are integral to this field of research.

Drawing upon their unique expertise, the editors have compiled the first resource on the topic with a strong emphasis on genetics and that comprehensively relates neurogenetics, social cognition, neuroeconomics, and psychopathology. They provide introductory material to establish links between sections and chapters. The contributions highlight the ever–increasing complexity of social cognition and decision–making; as such, a variety of important topics are covered, including: DNA and neural correlates of emotion; studies at the cellular level in relation to reward learning and prediction error; imaging studies aimed at elucidating brain areas involved in decision–making and social interactions; pharmacology; applications to understanding psychopathologies such as compulsive gambling, addictions, eating disorders, and autism; and game theory approaches to understanding decision–making and social behavior.

From DNA to Social Cognition is a valuable resource for research scientists, graduate students, and post–docs in the fields of genetics, psychology, neurosciences, economics, psychiatry, and psychopharmacology.

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Contributors vii

Introduction 1
Richard P. Ebstein, Mikhail Monakhov, Poh San Lai, and Simone G. Shamay–Tsoory


1.1 Genes Related to Autistic Traits and Empathy 21
Bhismadev Chakrabarti and Simon Baron–Cohen

1.2 The Behavioral Genetics of Human Pair Bonding 37
Hasse Walum and Lars Westberg

1.3 Brain Networks Supporting Empathy 47
Martin Schulte–Rüther and Ellen Greimel

1.4 The Human Mirror Neuron System and Social Cognition 63
Sook–Lei Liew and Lisa Aziz–Zadeh

1.5 Motivational Aspects of Future Thinking in the Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex 81
Arnaud D′Argembeau


2.1 Contributions of the Prefrontal Cortex to Social Cognition and Moral Judgment Processes 93
Chad E. Forbes, Joshua C. Poore, and Jordan Grafman

2.2 Emotion and Moral Cognition 111
Michael Koenigs

2.3 The Neuroanatomical Basis of Moral Cognition and Emotion 123
Roland Zahn, Ricardo de Oliveira–Souza, and Jorge Moll

2.4 Envy and Schadenfreude: The Neural Correlates of Competitive Emotions 139
Jonathan Dvash and Simone G. Shamay–Tsoory

PART 3 Genes and Decision Making 157

3.1 The Somatic Marker Framework and the Neurological Basis of Decision Making 159
Antoine Bechara

3.2 A Model of the Initial Stages of Drug Abuse: From Reinforcement Learning to Social Contagion 185
Gilly Koritzky, Adi Luria, and Eldad Yechiam

3.3 Extrinsic Effects and Models of Dominance Hierarchy Formation 203
Matthew Druen and Lee Alan Dugatkin

3.4 Complex Social Cognition and the Appreciation of Social Norms in Psychiatric Disorders: Insights from Evolutionary Game Theory 215
Martin Brüne and Julia Wischniewski

3.5 From Neuroeconomics to Genetics: The Intertemporal Choices Case as an Example 233
Itzhak Aharon and Sacha Bourgeois–Gironde

Index 245

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Richard Ebstein
Simone Shamay–Tsoory
Soo Hong Chew
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