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Brain Sci. 2017, 7(8), 94; doi:10.3390/brainsci7080094

From the Brain to the Field: The Applications of Social Neuroscience to Economics, Health and Law

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Department of Psychology, University of Graz, A-8010 Graz, Austria
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Department of Experimental Psychology, University College London, London WC1H 0AP, UK
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Unit Social and Organizational Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Leiden University, 2311 EZ Leiden, The Netherlands
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Academic Editor: Stephanie Cacioppo
Received: 1 February 2017 / Revised: 14 July 2017 / Accepted: 25 July 2017 / Published: 28 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Best Practices in Social Neuroscience)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: social neuroscience; applications; health; law; neuroeconomics; reverse inference; reward; social exclusion; morality social neuroscience; applications; health; law; neuroeconomics; reverse inference; reward; social exclusion; morality
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Kedia, G.; Harris, L.; Lelieveld, G.-J.; van Dillen, L. From the Brain to the Field: The Applications of Social Neuroscience to Economics, Health and Law. Brain Sci. 2017, 7, 94.

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