Mechanisms of Social Connection: From Brain to Group (Herzliya Series on Personality and Social Psychology)

Mechanisms of Social Connection: From Brain to Group (Herzliya Series on Personality and Social Psychology)

By: Phillip R. Shaver (editor), Mario Mikulincer (editor)Hardback

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Human beings the world over are eager to form social bonds, and suffer grievously when these bonds are disrupted. Social connections contribute to our sense of meaning and feelings of vitality, on the one hand, and - at times - to our anguish and despair on the other.It is not surprising that the mechanisms underlying human connections have long interested researchers from diverse disciplines including social psychology, developmental psychology, communication studies, sociology, and neuroscience. Yet there is too little dialogue among these disciplines and too little integration of insights and findings.This fifth book in the Herzliya Series on Personality and Social Psychology aims to rectify that situation by providing a comprehensive survey of cutting-edge theory and research on social connections. The volume contains 21 chapters organised into four main sections: Brain (focusing on the neural underpinnings of social connections and the hormonal processes that contribute to forming connections)Infancy and Development (focusing especially on child-parent relationships)Dyadic Relationship (focusing especially on romantic and marital relationships)Group (considering both evolutionary and physiological bases of group processes)The integrative perspectives presented here are thought-provoking reading for anyone interested in the social nature of the human mind.

About Author

Mario Mikulincer, PhD, is a professor of psychology and dean of the New School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. He has published five books and more than 280 scholarly journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Mikulincer's main research interests are attachment theory, terror management theory, personality processes in interpersonal relationships, coping with stress and trauma, grief-related processes, and prosocial motives and behaviour.Phillip R. Shaver, PhD, a social and personality psychologist, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. Before moving there, he served on the faculties of Columbia University, New York University, University of Denver, and State University of New York at Buffalo. He has coauthored and coedited numerous books and has published more than 250 scholarly articles and book chapters.


ContributorsPrefaceIntroduction, Mario Mikulincer and Phillip R. ShaverI. BrainComparative and Developmental Perspectives on Oxytocin and Vasopressin, Karen L. BalesPrimary-Process Separation-Distress (PANIC/GRIEF) and Reward Eagerness (SEEKING) Processes in the Ancestral Genesis of Depressive Affect and Addictions, Jaak Panksepp, Mark Solms, Thomas E. Schlapfer, and Volker A. CoenenRomantic Love, Pair-Bonding, and the Dopaminergic Reward System, Bianca P. Acevedo and Arthur P. AronThe Vicarious Brain, Christian Keysers and Valeria GazzolaOur Social Baseline: The Role of Social Proximity in Economy of Action, James A. Coan, Casey L. Brown, and Lane BeckesEmotion, Morality, and the Developing Brain, Jean Decety and Lauren H. HowardII. Infancy and DevelopmentChild-Parent Attachment and Response to Threat: A Move From the Level of Representation, Jude Cassidy, Katherine B. Ehrlich, and Laura J. ShermanSynchrony and the Neurobiological Basis of Social Affiliation, Ruth FeldmanGaze Following: A Mechanism for Building Social Connections Between Infants and Adults, Rechele Brooks and Andrew N. MeltzoffBeyond Words: Parental Embodied Mentalizing and the Parent-Infant Dance, Dana Shai and Peter FonagyParental Insightfulness and Child-Parent Emotion Dialogues: Their Importance for Children's Development, David Oppenheim and Nina Koren-KarieThe Impact of Early Interpersonal Experience on Adult Romantic Relationship Functioning, Jeffry A. Simpson, W. Andrew Collins, Jessica E. Salvatore, and Sooyeon SungIII. Adult Close RelationshipsRisk Regulation in Close Relationships, Justin V. Cavallo, Sandra L. Murray, and John G. HolmesResponsiveness: Affective Interdependence in Close Relationships, Harry T. ReisAttachment Bonds in Romantic Relationships, Phillip R. Shaver and Mario MikulincerA Theoretical Perspective on the Importance of Social Connections for Thriving, Brooke C. Feeney and Nancy L. CollinsSexy Building Blocks: The Contribution of the Sexual System to Attachment Formation and Maintenance, Gurit E. BirnbaumIV. GroupEvolution of the Social Brain: Psychological Adaptations for Group Living, Mark van Vugt and Tatsuya KamedaSocial Defense Theory: How a Mixture of Personality Traits in Group Contexts May Promote Our Survival, Tsachi Ein-DorIt's All in the Mind: How Social Identification Processes Affect Neurobiological Responses, Naomi Ellemers, Felice van Nunspeet, and Daan ScheepersOxytocinergic Circuitry Motivates Group Loyalty, Carsten K. W. De DreuIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9781433814150
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9781433814150
  • ISBN10: 1433814153

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