Social Neuroscience

A growing body of interdisciplinary studies shows that social interaction and pair-bonding may have a profound effect on health and cognition.


I have always been interested in mixing up biology and psychology, so the article “Social Neuroscience: How a multidisciplinary field is uncovering the biology of human interactions,” was a treasure to find. John T. Cacioppo, PhD and Stephanie Ortigue, PhD write in the Dana Foundation’s online neuroscience magazine Cerebrum about the growing field of Social Neuroscience; what we have learned so far, and what we are still trying to find out.

“In recent years, social neuroscientists have shed light on the beneficial role of social connections for the brain and the body. Epidemiological research, for example, indicates that social isolation predicts morbidity and mortality.4 The initial explanation for this finding was that family and friends promote positive health behaviors in individuals, and socially isolated individuals are more likely to display poor health behaviors and, consequently, fall victim to morbidity and early mortality. Longitudinal studies in humans have called this explanation into question, however, and experimental studies in nonhuman social species show that isolated animals also incur earlier morbidity and mortality.”

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