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The Cognitive Neuroscience of MindA Tribute to Michael S. Gazzaniga$
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Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz, Kathleen Baynes, George R. Mangun, and Elizabeth A. Phelps

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014014

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014014.001.0001

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Building a Social Brain

Building a Social Brain

(p.173) 12 Building a Social Brain
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mind

Todd F. Heatherton

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The human brain is considered to be social at its core, and has evolved over the years to solve problems associated with survival and reproduction. Humans survive in groups, and once they are excluded from groups, their survival becomes critical. This chapter discusses how to build and develop a social brain. There are four components that help build a social brain, each of which involves distinct functional brain regions: Self-awareness, theory of mind, detection of threat, and self-regulation.

Keywords:   brain, social brain, self-awareness, theory of mind, detection of threat, self-regulation

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