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social psychophysiology


Subject Psychology

Key-Topics social issues

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631202899.1996.x


The scientific study of the physiological, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral effects of human association. The assumptions underlying a social psycho-physiological approach are that: (1) neurophysiological processes underlie social psychological phenomena; (2) developmental, environmental, and socio-cultural factors influence these neurophysiological processes; and (3) attempting to study these influences solely as neurophysiological transactions results in unnecessary costs and conundrums. Research in social psychophysiology has historically emphasized the concomitants of social processes, and social psychophysiology represents a multilevel integrative analysis of social phenomena rather than reductionism per se. The possibility that important aspects of human nature and human problems might be illuminated by focusing on the interaction between an information-processing organism and social and environmental stimuli was recognized more than 2,000 years ago, when a young son of one of Alexander the Great's leading generals named Antiochus had the misfortune of falling in love with his father's young and beautiful bride. Recognizing that his love for his stepmother would never be realized, Antiochus tried to control his demeanor when in her presence. A mysterious malady soon befell Antiochus; he occasionally suffered profuse sweating, stammering speech, pallor, uneven heartbeat, ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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