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Social Neuroscience and Public Health

Foundations for the Science of Chronic Disease Prevention

Hall, Peter A. (Ed.)

2013, XVI, 318 p. 41 illus., 11 illus. in color.

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  • The first book of its kind, this volume builds new bridges between the fields of social neuroscience and public health
  • Reviews a critical mass of empirical research and theory regarding brain-behavior relationships that have relevance to the science of chronic disease prevention
  • The simultaneous coverage of basic and applied research will be of interest to scientists, practitioners and policymakers alike

Traditionally, neuroscience and public health have been considered strange bedfellows.  Now a new collection of studies shows the two fields  as logical collaborators with major potential for the evolution of both fields.

Social Neuroscience and Public Health assembles current theoretical viewpoints, research findings in familiar and emerging areas, and updates on assessment methods to give readers a unique in-depth guide to the social brain and its central role in health promotion. This stimulating reference spans the intersection of two disciplines, offering new insights into the mechanics of risks, rewards, and willpower, revisiting the developmental effects of adversity and the impact of exercise on brain health, and applying epidemiology to cognitive science. Accessibly written for researchers and professionals within and outside both fields, the chapters include bullet-point and policy implication features for ease of retention. The book's innovative ideas lend themselves to a variety of applications, from fine-tuning disease prevention strategies to deeper understanding of addictions. Included in the coverage:

  • Latest theoretical perspectives on health behavior (e.g., picoeconomics, MCII, and temporal self-regulation theory)
  • Updates on health communications and their effects on the brain.
  • New research on cognitive resources and health behavior execution.
  • Leading-edge studies on the brain, the social world, and stress.
  • Findings from the forefront of exercise neuroscience.
  • A concise introduction to neuroscience methods for the non-technical reader.

A rich resource pointing to a promising future in research and prevention efforts, Social Neuroscience and Public Health benefits professionals and researchers in public health, medicine, cognitive neuroscience, health psychology, epidemiology, sociology and affiliated fields.

“This bridge-builder of a book comes exactly at the right time. With the field of public health rapidly expanding, public health professionals, neuroscientists, social psychologists, and policymakers alike will profit from this immensely integrative achievement. Social Neuroscience and Public Health connects two fast-developing fields that can learn and profit immensely from each other.” -- Wilhelm Hofmann, PhD, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business


“In this book you will find a number of intriguing possibilities for changing behaviour that

arise out of a scientific base hitherto little known beyond the field. Bringing this together

has immense potential not just for strengthening public health but also for strengthening

behavioral and neuro-sciences.” –Theresa Marteau, PhD, Institute of Public Health, Unviersity of Cambridge

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Attentional processes - Brain-behavior relationship - Cognitive epidemiology - Contingency management - Executive function and health behavior - Health communication - Health decision making - Health media - Health outcomes - Neurobiology of self-regulation - Neuroeconomics - Neuroscience methods - Population neuroscience - Social neuroscience

Related subjects » Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine - Neuropsychology - Neuroscience - Public Health - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

I. Theoretical Perspectives.- Preface.- Chapter 1:  Picoeconomics in Neural and Evolutionary Contexts.- Chapter 2: Neurophysiological Correlates of the Self-Regulation of Goal Pursuit.- Chapter 3: Temporal self-regulation theory:  Integrating biological, psychological and ecological determinants of health behavior performance.- II. Health Communication.- Chapter 4: Health Communications: Predicting Behavior Change From the Brain.- Chapter 5: Neurobiological bases of self-reference and deliberate processing in tailored health communication.- III.  Health behaviors.- Chapter 6: Neurocognition and Medication Adherence in HIV Infected Adults.- Chapter 7: Alcohol Consumption and Self-Regulation.- Chapter 8: The Strength Model of Self-Control: Recent Advances and Implications for Public Health.- Chapter 9: Incentive-Based Interventions: Historical Context and New Directions.- IV. Social Connections, Socioeconomic status and Stress.- Chapter 10: Social Relationships and Public Health.- Chapter 11: Brain functions modulating redistribution of natural killer cells accompanying cognitive appraisal of acute stress.- Chapter 12: Alzheimer's Dementia and Lifestyle – Towards a Primary Prevention.- Chapter 13: Social determinants of self-regulation development.- V. Exercise Neuroscience.- Chapter 14: Physical Activity, Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Cognition across the Lifespan.- Chapter 15: Brain glycogen decrease and supercompensation with prolonged exhaustive exercise.- Chapter 16: Resistance Training and Cognitive and Cortical Plasticity in Older Adults.- VI. Methods Primer.- Chapter 17: Brain Imaging: A primer.- Chapter 18: Survival analysis in social neuroscience and public health: A research exemplar from the field of cognitive epidemiology .- Chapter 19: Neurobiological facets of food craving and consumption: Evidence from Neuropsychological and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Studies.-

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