Neuroscience and Social Science

The Missing Link

  • Agustín Ibáñez
  • Lucas Sedeño
  • Adolfo M. García

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Agustín Ibáñez, Lucas Sedeño, Adolfo M. García
    Pages 1-17
  3. Neuroscientific Research on Social Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Pablo Billeke, Patricia Soto-Icaza, Mauricio Aspé-Sánchez, Verónica Villarroel, Carlos Rodríguez-Sickert
      Pages 21-45
    3. Paloma Díaz-Gutiérrez, Sonia Alguacil, María Ruz
      Pages 47-68
    4. Carlos Cornejo, Zamara Cuadros, Ricardo Morales
      Pages 69-94
    5. Pascal Vrtička
      Pages 95-119
    6. Fatima Maria Felisberti, Robert King
      Pages 121-140
    7. Sandra Baez, Adolfo M. García, Hernando Santamaría-García
      Pages 169-197
    8. Andrés Haye, Ricardo Morales, Sebastián Niño
      Pages 217-239
  4. Impact of Social Neuroscience on Social Spheres

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Fiona Kumfor, Jessica L. Hazelton, François-Laurent De Winter, Laurent Cleret de Langavant, Jan Van den Stock
      Pages 255-296
    3. Andrés Roussos, Malena Braun, Saskia Aufenacker, Julieta Olivera
      Pages 297-327
    4. María Jimena Mantilla, Martín H. Di Marco, Diego A. Golombek
      Pages 329-345
  5. Integration of Social and Neuroscientific Insights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
    2. Marcos Luis Pietto, Juan E. Kamienkowski, Sebastián J. Lipina
      Pages 349-381
    3. Jung Yul Kwon, Ryan S. Hampton, Michael E. W. Varnum
      Pages 383-395
    4. Andrew Haddon Kemp, Juan Antonio Arias, Zoe Fisher
      Pages 397-427
  6. Philosophical Contributions to Theoretical, Methodological, and Ethical Questions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 429-429
    2. Mario Bunge
      Pages 431-441
    3. Roberto Arístegui
      Pages 471-500
    4. Sergio Daniel Barberis, M. Itatí Branca, A. Nicolás Venturelli
      Pages 501-530
    5. Arleen Salles, Kathinka Evers
      Pages 531-546

About this book


This book seeks to build bridges between neuroscience and social science empirical researchers and theorists working around the world, integrating perspectives from both fields, separating real from spurious divides between them and delineating new challenges for future investigation. Since its inception in the early 2000s, multilevel social neuroscience has dramatically reshaped our understanding of the affective and cultural dimensions of neurocognition. Thanks to its explanatory pluralism, this field has moved beyond long standing dichotomies and reductionisms, offering a neurobiological perspective on topics classically monopolized by non-scientific traditions, such as consciousness, subjectivity, and intersubjectivity. Moreover, it has forged new paths for dialogue with disciplines which directly address societal dynamics, such as economics, law, education, public policy making and sociology. At the same time, beyond internal changes in the field of neuroscience, new problems emerge in the dialogue with other disciplines.

Neuroscience and Social Science – The Missing Link puts together contributions by experts interested in the convergences, divergences, and controversies across these fields. The volume presents empirical studies on the interplay between relevant levels of inquiry (neural, psychological, social), chapters rooted in specific scholarly traditions (neuroscience, sociology, philosophy of science, public policy making), as well as proposals of new theoretical foundations to enhance the rapprochement in question.

By putting neuroscientists and social scientists face to face, the book promotes new reflections on this much needed marriage while opening opportunities for social neuroscience to plunge from the laboratory into the core of social life. This transdisciplinary approach makes Neuroscience and Social Science – The Missing Link an important resource for students, teachers, and researchers interested in the social dimension of human mind working in different fields, such as social neuroscience, social sciences, cognitive science, psychology, behavioral science, linguistics, and philosophy.


Social neuroscience Social mind Moral cognition Social decision making Consciousness Free will Subjectivity Culture and biology Affect and cognition Social emotions Cultural neuroscience Neuroscience and law Educational neuroscience Multi-level social science Social relations and attachment Groups dynamics and neuroscience Brain networks and social networks Translational neuroscience Two person neuroscience Neurosociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Agustín Ibáñez
    • 1
  • Lucas Sedeño
    • 2
  • Adolfo M. García
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience (LPEN)Institute of Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience (INCYT) INECO Foundation, Favaloro UniversityBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Laboratory of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience (LPEN)Institute of Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience (INCYT) INECO Foundation, Favaloro UniversityBuenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.Laboratory of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience (LPEN)Institute of Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience (INCYT) INECO Foundation, Favaloro UniversityBuenos AiresArgentina

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