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Social Neuroscience and Public Health

Foundations for the Science of Chronic Disease Prevention

  • Peter A. Hall
  • The first book of its kind, this volume builds new bridges between the fields of social neuroscience and public health

  • Reviews a critical mass of empirical research and theory regarding brain-behavior relationships that have relevance to the science of chronic disease prevention

  • The simultaneous coverage of basic and applied research will be of interest to scientists, practitioners and policymakers alike

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Table of contents

  1. Exercise Neuroscience

  2. Methods Primer

  3. Back Matter
    Pages 315-318

About this book

Introduction

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

Keywords

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

About the editors

Peter Hall, PhD, CPsych, is an associate professor of applied health sciences at the University of Waterloo (UW), where he is jointly appointed to the School of Public Health and Health Systems and to the Department of Kinesiology (Neuroscience research group). Dr. Hall is a past recipient of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award, and an Early Career Award from the Canadian Psychological Association (Health Psychology section). He is founding director of the UW Social Neuroscience and Health Laboratory. His research examines the joint contributions of social-cognitive and neurocognitive factors to the production of health behavior trajectories in everyday life. Dr. Hall serves on the editorial boards of Health Psychology and Journal of Behavioral Medicine, and he is associate editor for the Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine, as well as the forthcoming Springer volume, Behavioral and Social Science in Medicine. He is a licensed clinical psychologist andhas more than a decade of experience providing clinical services to chronic illness populations in multidisciplinary healthcare settings.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Social Neuroscience and Public Health
  • Book Subtitle Foundations for the Science of Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Editors Peter A. Hall
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6852-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4614-6851-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-9131-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-6852-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 318
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public Health
    Sociology, general
    Health Psychology
    Neurosciences
    Neuropsychology
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Reviews

From the reviews:

“This book on chronic disease prevention explores cognitive processes to reveal their relationship to health behaviors and considers the public health implications. … This book addresses the need for public health initiatives to encourage individuals with chronic diseases to take care of themselves. It shows the relationship between neuroscience and willpower in terms of evaluating risks and rewards. Researchers, practitioners, and policymakers will benefit greatly of this information.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody’s Book Reviews, November, 2013)

"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, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge

"This book is a remarkable collection of the latest advances in theory and research at the interface of neuroscience and public health. It is an indispensable resource for researchers whose interests span across health psychology, cognitive neuroscience, health communications, prevention sciences, and public health. 
Providing new foundations for scientific research on chronic disease prevention, this volume will undoubtedly define the field for years to come."

-Linda Cameron,Ph.D., Dept.of Psychology,University of California