Social Neuroscience and Public Health

Foundations for the Science of Chronic Disease Prevention

  • Peter A. Hall

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Theoretical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Inge Schweiger Gallo, Anna-Lisa Cohen, Peter M. Gollwitzer, Gabriele Oettingen
      Pages 19-33
  3. Health Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Christopher N. Cascio, Sonya Dal Cin, Emily B. Falk
      Pages 57-71
  4. Health Behaviours

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Stella E. Panos, Sapna M. Patel, April D. Thames, Charles H. Hinkin
      Pages 85-108
    3. Barbara Mullan
      Pages 109-122
    4. Martin S. Hagger, Nikos L. D. Chatzisarantis
      Pages 123-139
    5. Diann E. Gaalema, Alexa A. Lopez, Stephen T. Higgins
      Pages 141-159
  5. Social Connections, Socioeconomic Status and Stress

  6. Exercise Neuroscience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. Edward McAuley, Sean P. Mullen, Charles H. Hillman
      Pages 235-252
    3. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Lindsay S. Nagamatsu
      Pages 265-273
  7. Methods Primer

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 315-318

About this book


Traditionally, neuroscience and public health have been considered strange bedfellows.  Now a new collection of studies shows the two fields  as logical collaborators with major potential for the evolution of both fields.

Social Neuroscience and Public Health assembles current theoretical viewpoints, research findings in familiar and emerging areas, and updates on assessment methods to give readers a unique in-depth guide to the social brain and its central role in health promotion. This stimulating reference spans the intersection of two disciplines, offering new insights into the mechanics of risks, rewards, and willpower, revisiting the developmental effects of adversity and the impact of exercise on brain health, and applying epidemiology to cognitive science. Accessibly written for researchers and professionals within and outside both fields, the chapters include bullet-point and policy implication features for ease of retention. The book's innovative ideas lend themselves to a variety of applications, from fine-tuning disease prevention strategies to deeper understanding of addictions. Included in the coverage:

  • Latest theoretical perspectives on health behavior (e.g., picoeconomics, MCII, and temporal self-regulation theory)
  • Updates on health communications and their effects on the brain.
  • New research on cognitive resources and health behavior execution.
  • Leading-edge studies on the brain, the social world, and stress.
  • Findings from the forefront of exercise neuroscience.
  • A concise introduction to neuroscience methods for the non-technical reader.

A rich resource pointing to a promising future in research and prevention efforts, Social Neuroscience and Public Health benefits professionals and researchers in public health, medicine, cognitive neuroscience, health psychology, epidemiology, sociology and affiliated fields.

“This bridge-builder of a book comes exactly at the right time. With the field of public health rapidly expanding, public health professionals, neuroscientists, social psychologists, and policymakers alike will profit from this immensely integrative achievement. Social Neuroscience and Public Health connects two fast-developing fields that can learn and profit immensely from each other.” -- Wilhelm Hofmann, PhD, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business


“In this book you will find a number of intriguing possibilities for changing behaviour that

arise out of a scientific base hitherto little known beyond the field. Bringing this together

has immense potential not just for strengthening public health but also for strengthening

behavioral and neuro-sciences.” –Theresa Marteau, PhD, Institute of Public Health, Unviersity of Cambridge


Attentional processes Brain-behavior relationship Cognitive epidemiology Contingency management Executive function and health behavior Health communication Health decision making Health media Health outcomes Neurobiology of self-regulation Neuroeconomics Neuroscience methods Population neuroscience Social neuroscience

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter A. Hall
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of Applied Health SciencesUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-6851-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-6852-3
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