Neuroscience Approaches in Social and Personality Psychology

David M. Amodio, Eddie Harmon-Jones

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Social neuroscience is an interdisciplinary approach to studying the mind and behavior, noted for its appreciation for the dynamic interactions of situational and dispositional processes as they relate to neural and biological mechanisms. In this chapter, we describe the methodological approach of social neuroscience and review research that has applied this approach to address the interplay of the person and situation in the domains of social cognition, attitudes, emotion and motivation, intergroup relations, and personality. We provide critical discussion of how neuroscience may contribute to classic questions in personality and social psychology, and we describe how the social neuroscience approach promotes the integration of dispositional and situational accounts of the mind and behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940905
ISBN (Print)9780195398991
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Attitudes
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Emotion
  • Intergroup
  • Personality and neuroscience
  • Psychophysiology
  • Review
  • Social neuroscience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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