This Special Issue showcases some of the latest and best research in an important emerging field, developmental social neuroscience, which is focussed on the nature and development of the neural mechanisms underlying socially relevant human behaviour. Recent work on the neural correlates of empathy, antisocial behaviour, and communication, for example, is transforming our view of human development by revealing complex interactions among culture, genes, brain, and behaviour, among other important influences on growth and change. This work, like research in social neuroscience more generally, is also causing scientists to reassess longstanding assumptions about the meaning of psychological constructs such as cognition and emotion.
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Table of Contents:
P. Zelazo, T. Paus, Developmental Social Neuroscience: An Introduction. R. Aguilar, Infantile Experience, Play motivation, and Social Joy. G. Gredebäck, A. Melinder, M. Daum, The Development and Neural Basis of Pointing Comprehension. J.C. Stapel, S. Hunnius, M. van Elk, H. Bekkering, Motor Involvement during Action Observation in Infancy. B.G. Moor, L. van Leijenhorst, S.A.R.B. Rombouts, E.A. Crone, M.W. Van der Molen, Do You Like Me? Neural Correlates of Social Evaluation and Developmental Trajectories. M.J. Crowley, J. Wu, P.J. Molfese, L.C. Mayes, Social Exclusion in Middle Childhood: Rejection Events, Slow-wave Neural Activity and Ostracism Distress. C.L. Masten, N.I. Eisenberger, J.H. Pfeifer, M. Dapretto, Witnessing Peer Rejection During Adolescence: Neural Correlates of Empathy for Experiences of Social Exclusion. E.H. Telzer, C.L. Masten, E.T. Berkman, M.D. Lieberman, A.J. Fuligni, Gaining While Giving: An fMRI Study of the Rewards of Family Assistance Among White and Latino Youth. A.A. Baird, S.H. Silver, H.B. Veague, Cognitive Control Reduces Sensitivity to Relational Aggression. S.B. Perlman, K.A. Pelphrey, Regulatory Brain Development: Balancing Emotion and Cognition. S. Hoehl, J. Brauer, G. Brasse, T. Striano, A.D. Friederici, Children’s Processing of Emotions Expressed by Peers and Adults: An fMRI Study. C.M. Leclerc, E.A. Kensinger, Age-Related Valence-Based Reversal in Recruitment of Medial Prefrontal Cortex on a Visual Search Task.