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.
Chapter 2: 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.
- 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 ...