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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 153
Title: Identifying the Biological Mechanisms Underlying Social Behavior
Lead Author: Cacioppo, John T.
Abstract: This white paper is a revision of a previous version that was submitted in September (Identifying the Biological Mechanisms Underlying Social Interactions). In addition to changes in content, the title has changed to Identifying the Biological Mechanisms Underlying Social Behavior. Please replace the earlier submission with this one: Abstract. Social species are so characterized because they form organizations that extend beyond the individual. There have been tremendous advances in our understanding of the links between the mind, brain, and behavior over the past decade, but the minds and brains in these analyses have been considered to be independent, isolated units. We are now able to investigate the biological mechanisms that underlie social structures, processes, and behavior and the influences between social and neural structures and processes. Such an endeavor is challenging because it necessitates the integration of multiple levels. Mapping across systems and levels (from genome to social groups and cultures) requires interdisciplinary expertise, comparative studies, innovative methods, and integrative conceptual analysis. Addressing these requirements has the potential to transform graduate education and the scientific infrastructure and analyses in the social and biological sciences.
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