Social Neuroscience and Public Health

Foundations for the Science of Chronic Disease Prevention

Editors: Hall, Peter A. (Ed.)

  • 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
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About this book

The field of public health is primarily concerned with understanding and improving physical health from a large group perspective (i.e., communities and whole populations). The field of social neuroscience, on the other hand, is primarily concerned with examining brain-behavior relationships that unfold in a social context. Both of these are rapidly developing fields of inquiry, and their boundaries have only recently begun to overlap. This book discusses collaborative research findings at the intersection of social neuroscience and public health that promise to fundamentally change the way scientists, public health practitioners, and the general public view physical health within the larger social context. Eighteen chapters are organized under the following major sections: cognition and health outcomes; neuroscientific aspects of health communication; health behavior and the neurobiology of self-regulation; neurobiological processes in health decision making; ecological and social context; neuroscience methods; and future directions.

About the authors

Peter Hall, PhD, CPsych, is an associate professor of applied health sciences at the University of Waterloo (UW), where he is jointly appointed to the School of Public Health and Health Systems and to the Department of Kinesiology (Neuroscience research group). Dr. Hall is a past recipient of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award, and an Early Career Award from the Canadian Psychological Association (Health Psychology section). He is founding director of the UW Social Neuroscience and Health Laboratory. His research examines the joint contributions of social-cognitive and neurocognitive factors to the production of health behavior trajectories in everyday life. Dr. Hall serves on the editorial boards of Health Psychology and Journal of Behavioral Medicine, and he is associate editor for the Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine, as well as the forthcoming Springer volume, Behavioral and Social Science in Medicine. He is a licensed clinical psychologist andhas more than a decade of experience providing clinical services to chronic illness populations in multidisciplinary healthcare settings.

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From the reviews:

“This book on chronic disease prevention explores cognitive processes to reveal their relationship to health behaviors and considers the public health implications. … This book addresses the need for public health initiatives to encourage individuals with chronic diseases to take care of themselves. It shows the relationship between neuroscience and willpower in terms of evaluating risks and rewards. Researchers, practitioners, and policymakers will benefit greatly of this information.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody’s Book Reviews, November, 2013)

"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, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge

"This book is a remarkable collection of the latest advances in theory and research at the interface of neuroscience and public health. It is an indispensable resource for researchers whose interests span across health psychology, cognitive neuroscience, health communications, prevention sciences, and public health. 
Providing new foundations for scientific research on chronic disease prevention, this volume will undoubtedly define the field for years to come."

-Linda Cameron,Ph.D., Dept.of Psychology,University of California


Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Picoeconomics in Neural and Evolutionary Contexts

    Ainslie, George

    Pages 3-18

  • Neurophysiological Correlates of the Self-Regulation of Goal Pursuit

    Schweiger Gallo, Inge (et al.)

    Pages 19-33

  • Temporal Self-Regulation Theory: Integrating Biological, Psychological, and Ecological Determinants of Health Behavior Performance

    Hall, Peter A. (et al.)

    Pages 35-53

  • Health Communications: Predicting Behavior Change from the Brain

    Cascio, Christopher N. (et al.)

    Pages 57-71

  • Neurobiological Bases of Self-Reference and Deliberate Processing in Tailored Health Communication

    Ho, Shaun (et al.)

    Pages 73-82

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Neuroscience and Public Health
Book Subtitle
Foundations for the Science of Chronic Disease Prevention
Editors
  • Peter A. Hall
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-6852-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-6852-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6851-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9131-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 318
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