Recent years have seen an explosion of research into the physiological and neural bases of social behavior. This state-of-the-science Handbook is unique in approaching the topic from a developmental perspective. Exploring the dynamic relationship between biology and social behavior from infancy through adolescence, leading investigators discuss key processes in typical and atypical development. Chapters address emotion, motivation, person perception, interpersonal relationships, developmental disorders, and psychopathology. The volume sheds light on how complex social abilities emerge from basic brain circuits, whether there are elements of social behavior that are "hard wired" in the brain, and the impact of early experiences. Illustrations include eight color plates.
Michelle de Haan, PhD, is Reader in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, United Kingdom. Her research applies neuroimaging and neuropsychological methods to understand the neural correlates of typical and atypical cognitive and social development. She has published over 70 articles, books, and book chapters in this area, and is Associate Editor of the journal Developmental Science. Megan R. Gunnar, PhD, is Regents Professor of Child Development in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, USA. Her research focuses on stress biology and the role of early adversity in shaping stress, emotion, and cognitive functioning in the developing child. She has published over 150 articles, books, and book chapters in this area.