Neuroscience at The University of Chicago

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PhD, Ohio State University




Social Neuroscience Lab

940 East 57th Street

Chicago, Illinois 60637



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John Cacioppo, PhD

Tiffany & Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor

Director, Center for Cognitive & Social Neurosci.

Director, Arete Initiative of the Office of VP Res

Research Interests
  • Systems / Behavior / Cognitive
As a social species, humans create emergent organizations beyond the individual - structues that range from dyads, families, and groups to cities, civilizations, and international alliances. These emergent structures evolved hand in hand with genetic, neural, and hormonal mechanisms to support them because the consequent social behaviors helped humans survive, reproduce, and care for offspring sufficiently long that they too survived to reproduce. Cacioppo's research is focused on understanding these mechanisms and their effect on the mind, behavior, and health - an approach he termed social neuroscience.

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Berntson, G. G., & Cacioppo, J. T. (2009). Handbook of neuroscience for the behavioral sciences. New York: John Wiley & Sons. Cacioppo, J. T., & Decety, J. (2009). What are the brain mechanisms on which psychological processes are based? Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 10-18. Cacioppo, J. T., Norris, C. J., Decety, J., Monteleone, G., & Nusbaum, H. (2009). In the eye of the beholder: Individual differences in perceived social isolation predict regional brain activation to social stimuli. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, 83-92. Epley, N., Converse, B. A., Delbosc, A., Monteleone, G. G., & Cacioppo, J. T. (in press). Creating God in one’s own image. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Nusbaum, H. C., & Cacioppo, J. T. (2009). Expanding neuroeconomics. Harvard College Economics Review, 3, 39-40.