“Learning from Others: Introduction to the Special Review Series on Social Neuroscience”

“The last decade has seen a dramatic rise of interest in the study of social neuroscience. Two observations have had a major role in driving this interest. First, there was the discovery that autism is associated with specific difficulties in social cognition, while nonsocial cognition, and in particular IQ, can remain intact (Frith, 1989,Hermelin and O’Connor, 1970).”

Neuron special section on social neruoscience:

Social Neuroscience wiki def:
“Social neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field devoted to understanding how biological systems implement social processes and behavior, and to using biological concepts and methods to inform and refine theories of social processes and behavior. Humans are fundamentally a social species, rather than individualists. As such, Homo sapiens create emergent organizations beyond the individual—structures that range from dyads, families, and groups to cities, civilizations, and cultures. These emergent structures evolved hand in hand with neural and hormonal mechanisms to support them because the consequent social behaviors helped these organisms survive, reproduce, and care for offspring sufficiently long that they too survived to reproduce.”
“A number of methods are used in social neuroscience to investigate the confluence of neural and social processes (drawing from behavioral techniques developed in social psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuropsychology), associated with a variety of neurobiological techniques including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation, event-related potentials, electrocardiograms, electromyograms, endocrinology, galvanic skin response, and studies of focal brain lesion patients.”

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