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From the brain to the field: The applications of social neuroscience to economics, health, and law

Kedia, G; Harris, LT; Lelieveld, G-J; Van Dillen, L; (2017) From the brain to the field: The applications of social neuroscience to economics, health, and law. Brain Sciences , 7 (8) , Article 94. 10.3390/brainsci7080094. Green open access

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Abstract

Social neuroscience aims to understand the biological systems that underlie people’s thoughts, feelings and actions in light of the social context in which they operate. Over the past few decades, social neuroscience has captured the interest of scholars, practitioners, and experts in other disciplines, as well as the general public who more and more draw upon the insights and methods of social neuroscience to explain, predict and change behavior. With the popularity of the field growing, it has become increasingly important to consider the validity of social neuroscience findings as well as what questions it can and cannot address. In the present review article, we examine the contribution of social neuroscience to economics, health, and law, three domains with clear societal relevance. We address the concerns that the extrapolation of neuroscientific results to applied social issues raises within each of these domains, and we suggest guidelines and good practices to circumvent these concerns.

Type: Article
Title: From the brain to the field: The applications of social neuroscience to economics, health, and law
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/brainsci7080094
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/brainsci7080094
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).
Keywords: Social neuroscience; applications; health; law; neuroeconomics; reverse inference; reward; social exclusion; morality
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569322
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