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Neuropsychologia. 2003;41(2):119-26.

Investigating the cognitive neuroscience of social behavior.

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Department of Neurology, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA. ralph-adolphs@uiowa.edu

Abstract

Social cognitive neuroscience is a fledgling discipline that has already accrued an impressive body of data, but important questions remain regarding the theoretical constructs and methodological approaches that it utilizes. An overview of the papers in this special issue points to several key issues facing the field. We need a theoretical vocabulary that bridges three domains: our intuitive "folk" conceptions of other people, the explanations offered by social psychology, and the explanations offered by cognitive neuroscience. And we need a method that can extract common patterns across multiple studies, to complement strict hypothesis testing of individual studies. These issues can be addressed, in part, by giving theory and experiment equal time, and by fostering an interdisciplinary approach that includes neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, anthropology and allied disciplines.

PMID:
12459210
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