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Mechanisms of Social Connection From Brain to Group by Mario Mikulincer

Mechanisms of Social Connection From Brain to Group

Part of the Herzliya Series on Personality and Social Psychology Series


Mechanisms of Social Connection From Brain to Group by Mario Mikulincer

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 the 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.

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Publication date

30th December 2013


Mario Mikulincer

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Magination Press, (American Psychological Association) an imprint of American Psychological Association


416 pages


Social theory
Neural networks & fuzzy systems
Social groups
Social, group or collective psychology
Human reproduction, growth & development
Child & developmental psychology



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