This volume concerns the longstanding intellectual puzzle of how individuals overcome their biological, neural, and mental finitude to achieve sociality. It explores how humans take each other into account, coordinate their actions, and are able to share their inner states and to communicate.
Sophisticated views on the bases of sociality are detailed at the level of neural mechanisms, perception and memory, motivation, communication and dialog, culture, and evolution. These insights have been inspired by major strides and exciting new developments in disciplines as far afield as ethology, evolutionary ecology, neuroscience, cognition, memory, developmental and social psychology, psycholinguistics, philosophy, robotics, and sociology. The volume is the first to bridge these disciplinary boundaries to lay the foundations for an integrated and general conceptualization of the bases of sociality and its implications for psychology. Each contribution presents different levels of the grounding of sociality and will further stimulate novel approaches to linking different layers of sociality, from the neural to the cultural level.
"A must-read overview of the cutting-edge science of embodied, situated social responses, here grounded at bodily levels from cortex to culture. The sampled authors provide original, deep, and provocative accounts of this exciting approach." - Susan T. Fiske, Ph.D., Eugene Higgins Professor, Department of Psychology, Princeton University, USA
"Fundamental questions about the processes underlying human sociality have recently come into focus: How do we understand and empathize with each others’ mental states, cooperate, and carry out joint action? This timely collection brings together major contributions from perspectives ranging across social psychology, neuroscience, evolution, ecological psychology, and cultural psychology. It will be a valuable resource for any researchers interested in the origins and nature of social life." - Eliot R. Smith, Ph.D., Chancellor's Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, USA
"In this exciting volume, internationally renowned experts offer incisive and nuanced accounts of the grounding of human sociality from multiple disciplinary perspectives. This is a volume the field has been waiting for." - Chi-yue Chiu, Ph.D., Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
G.R. Semin, G. Echterhoff , Introduction. Part 1. Foundations of Sociality and Communication. M. Iacoboni, Mirroring as a Key Neural Mechanism of Sociality. G.R. Semin, J.T. Cacioppo, Grounding Intersubjectivity: Biological and Social Bases. M. Graf, S. Schütz-Bosbach, W. Prinz, Motor Representations in the Perception of Actions and Objects: Similarity and Complementarity. Part 2. Sociality and Memory. W. Hirst, A. Brown, On the Virtues of an Unreliable Memory: Its Role in Constructing Sociality. G. Echterhoff, E.T. Higgins, Creating Shared Reality in Communication: Audience-Tuning Effects on Speakers’ Memory. Part 3. Sociality: Underlying Motives, Dialogical Practice and Culture. E.T. Higgins, Sharing Inner States: A Defining Feature of Human Motivation. M.J. Pickering, S. Garrod, The Use of Prediction to Drive Alignment in Dialogue. Y. Kashima, Situated Sociality and Cultural Dynamics: A Puzzle of Necessary Dependency and Perceived Dissociation. Part 4. Evolutionary Perspectives on Sociality. L. Barrett, Too Much Monkey Business. L. Caporael, Sociality Is the Ground: Evolution and Core Group Configurations.