Employing a lively and accessible writing style, author Daniel W. Barrett integrates up-to-date coverage of social psychology’s core theories, concepts, and research with a discussion of emerging developments in the field–including social neuroscience and the social psychology of happiness, religion, and sustainability. Engaging examples, Applying Social Psychology sections, and a wealth of pedagogical features help readers cultivate a deep understanding of the causes of social behavior.

The Social Brain

The Social Brain

Various views of the famous wound made by an iron rod in the skull of Phineas Gage as well as the rod itself.

Everett Collection/Newscom.

Learning Objectives

  • 2.1 Discuss dualism and the mind/body problem and explain how they relate to the concept of embodied cognition.
  • 2.2 Compare the components of the tripartite structure of the brain, define the neocortex ratio, and evaluate the ecological and social theories of brain evolution.
  • 2.3 Describe the functions of: neuron, dendrite, soma, axon, synaptic gap.
  • 2.4 List and describe the roles of the five key neurotransmitters.
  • 2.5 Describe the functions of the brain lobes and the prefrontal cortex, limbic system, insula, thalamus, hypothalamus, chromosomes, DNA, genes, and alleles, and explain how gene variation occurs.
  • 2.6 Define social neuroscience and discuss its ...
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