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Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology: Development of the Social Brain, Volume 39

Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology: Development of the Social Brain, Volume 39

Maria D. Sera (Editor), Jed Elison (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-46173-9

Sep 2018

240 pages


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Social relationships play a central role in the evolution and development of human culture and cognition. Volume 39 of the Minnesota Symposium on Child Psychology (Development of the Social Brain) adresses the ontogeny and phylogeny of the social brain from multiple perspectives and levels of analysis.  The chapters in this volume shed light on shared versus unique features of social information processing across different species, and sketch out some of the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie such processing. A collection of chapters from distinguished contibutors offer new insights into the unique nature of human development.

Flexibly and efficiently navigating the complex dynamics of social interaction remains one of the remarkable achievements of human evolution. As life in social contexts evolved, so did information processing  abilities that afforded new ways of interacting with others, emerging into what we now refer to as cultural cognition or cultural practices. The primary objective of the current volume was to consider phylogenetic and ontogenetic influence on specialized social information processing capactities. The volume brings together, for the first time, distinguished research scholars to consider central themes and principles associated with the development of the social brain. Readers will take away a fresh perspective on nature of human nature.



List of Contributors

1. The Evolution and Ontogeny of ‘Deep Social Mind’ and the Social Brain
Andrew Whiten

Animal Models of Social Brain Function

2. Neurobiology of Infant Sensitive Period for Attachment and its Reinstatement through Maternal Social Buffering
Regina M. Sullivan, Maya Opendak

3. Marmoset Monkey Vocal Communication: Common Developmental Trajectories with Humans and Possible Mechanisms
Asif A. Ghazanfar,Daniel Y. Takahashi,Yisi S. Zhang, Jeremy I. Borjon

Higher-Order Human Social Brain Function

4. The Social Brain in Adolescence and Adulthood: Lessons in Mindreading
David Pollard, Stephanie Burnett Heyes, Ian Apperly

5. The Development of Social Neuroscience of Morality
Jean Decety, Jason M. Cowell

Summary and Future Directions

6. Development of the Social Brain: From Mechanisms to Principles
Ralph Adolphs, Jed T. Elison