From the reviews:“The intent of this book is to break down ‘the walls between sociology and neuroscience to the benefit of both’ … . clearly intended for sociological social psychologists. … How successful was this book in achieving the relevant depth and comprehensiveness of the issue raised above? Very successful in both respects. … this book clearly identifies and explains the pivotal issues in this literature. … the author has done an excellent as well as timely job in drawing out these implications.” (Paul Tibbetts, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 86 (3), September, 2011) Vom Verlag:
As a career sociologist I ?rst became interested in neurosociology around 1987 when a graduate student lent me Michael Gazzaniga’s The Social Brain. Ifthe biological human brain was really social, I thought sociologists and their students should be the ?rst, not the last, to know. As I read on I found little of the clumsy reductionism of the earlier biosociologists whom I had learned to see as the arch- emy of our ?eld. Clearly, reductionism does exist among many neuroscientists. But I also found some things that were very social and quite relevant for sociology. After reading Descarte’s Error by Antonio Damasio, I learned how some types of emotion were necessary for rational thought – a very radical innovation for the long-honored “objective rationalist. ” I started inserting some things about split-brain research into my classes, mispronouncing terms like amygdala and being corrected by my s- dents. That instruction helped me realize how much we professors needed to catch up with our students. I also wrote a review of Leslie Brothers’ Fridays Footprint: How Society Shapes the Human Mind. I thought if she could write so well about social processes maybe I could attempt to do something similar in connection with my ?eld. For several years I found her an e-mail partner with a wonderful sense of humor. She even retrieved copies of her book for the use of my graduate students when I had assigned it for a seminar.
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