Cognitive neuroscience goes social
In recent years neuroscientists have begun to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive, emotional and affective processes that are core to many aspects of our socialbehavior. As a consequence, the neural mechanisms under-lying phenomena and constructs typically considered by social psychologists have begun to be investigated. Theseemerging ﬁndingshavefacilitatedthedevelopment ofmodelsattempting to bridge social cognition with neuroscience. Thework has tapped a wide variety of issues within social cognitione to name but a few: empathy, moral decision making,imitation/social contagion, mimicry, cooperative joint action,racial prejudice, stereotypes, self-other in social context, etc.e
and we believe the research has now reached a critical levelof reliability and sophistication. With this special issue ewish to reﬂect new waves of interdisciplinary research, highlighting the interaction between individuals (healthyhuman infants and adults, brain damaged patients, and ma-caque monkeys) in social actions, imitation, mimicry, andself-otherconstrual.Reﬂectingtheemergingresearchﬁeld,animpressive variety of techniques are brought together here, covering kinematic recoding, electroencephalography (EEG),transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), functionalmagnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). Both the overlap of similar is-sues and the converging evidence from the different tech-niques illustrates the depth of the analyses now taking place.
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