Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection
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Loneliness by John T. Cacioppo
Book DescriptionJohn T. Cacioppo's groundbreaking research topples one of the pillars of modern medicine and psychology: the focus on the individual as the unit of inquiry. By employing brain scans, monitoring blood pressure, and analyzing immune function, he demonstrates the overpowering influence of social context-a factor so strong that it can alter DNA replication. He defines an unrecognized syndrome-chronic loneliness-brings it out of the shadow of its cousin depression, and shows how this subjective sense of social isolation uniquely disrupts our perceptions, behavior, and physiology, becoming a trap that not only reinforces isolation but can also lead to early death. He gives the lie to the Hobbesian view of human nature as a "war of all against all," and he shows how social cooperation is, in fact, humanity's defining characteristic. Most important, he shows how we can break the trap of isolation for our benefit both as individuals and as a society.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393061703
(244mm x 165mm x 30mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 9-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John T. Cacioppo
Handbook of Psychophysiology, Hardback (December 2016)
With state-of-the-art reviews of approaches, methods, and analyses, the Handbook of Psychophysiology remains the authoritative resource in the field.
Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience, Paperback (May 2015)
The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience marks the emergence of a third broad perspective in neuroscience.
Social Neuroscience, Paperback (January 2012)
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Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences, Hardback (October 2009)» View all books by John T. Cacioppo
As technology has made imaging of the brain noninvasive and inexpensive, nearly every psychologist in every subfield is using pictures of the brain to show biological connections to feelings and behavior.
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Author Biography - John T. Cacioppo
John T. Cacioppo is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and president of the Association for Psychological Science. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. William Patrick, former editor for science and medicine at Harvard University Press, is editor in chief of the Journal of Life Sciences. He lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
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