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Social neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that considers the mutual implications of neuroscience and social science for understanding of social and affective aspects of behavior. Social neuroscience investigates the biological mechanisms underlying social processes and behavior, considered by many to be one of the major problem areas for the neurosciences in the twenty-first century, and uses biological concepts and methods to develop and refine theories of social processes and behavior in the social and behavioral sciences. Throughout most of the 20th century social and biological explanations were cast as incompatible. Advances in recent years have led to the development of a new view synthesized from the social and biological sciences. The new field of social neuroscience emphasizes the complementary nature of the different levels of organization spanning the social and biological domains (e.g., molecular, cellular, system, person, relational, collective, societal) and how multi-level analyses can foster understanding of the mechanisms underlying the human mind and behavior.

Numerous methods are used in social neuroscience to investigate the confluence of neural and social processes, including fMRI, Event-related potentials, Transcranial magnetic stimulation, Electrocardiogram, Electromyogram, Electrodermal Response, and Focal Brain Lesions patients.

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