1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Social Neuroendocrinology

Edited By Oliver C. Schultheiss, Pranjal H. Mehta Copyright 2019
    772 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    772 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge International Handbook of Social Neuroendocrinology is an authoritative reference work providing a balanced overview of current scholarship spanning the full breadth of the rapidly developing field of social neuroendocrinology. Considering the relationships between hormones, the brain, and social behavior, this collection brings together groundbreaking research in the field for the first time.

    Featuring 39 chapters written by leading researchers, the handbook offers impressive breadth of coverage. It begins with an overview of the history of social neuroendocrinology before discussing its methodological foundations and challenges. Other topics covered include state-of-the-art research on dominance and aggression; social affiliation; reproduction and pair bonding (e.g., sexual behavior, sexual orientation, romantic relationships); pregnancy and parenting; stress and emotion; cognition and decision making; social development; and mental and physical health. The handbook adopts a lifespan approach to the study of social neuroendocrinology throughout, covering the role that hormones play during gestation, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. It also illustrates the evolutionary forces that have shaped hormone-behavior associations across species, including research on humans, non-human primates, birds, and rodents.

    The handbook will serve as an authoritative reference work for researchers, students, and others intrigued by this topic, while also inspiring new lines of research on interactions among hormones, brain, and behavior in social contexts.

    Introduction Oliver C. Schultheiss and Pranjal H. Mehta

    Section 1: Historical and Methodological Issues

    1. History of Social Neuroendocrinology in Humans Allan Mazur

    2. Hormone Measurement in Social Neuroendocrinology: A Comparison of Immunoassay and Mass Spectrometry Methods Oliver C. Schultheiss, Gelena Dlugash, and Pranjal H. Mehta

    3. Reproducibility in Social Neuroendocrinology: Past, Present, and Future Oliver C. Schultheiss and Pranjal H. Mehta

    Section 2: Dominance and Aggression

    4. Leveraging Seasonality in Male Songbirds to Better Understand the Neuroendocrine Regulation of Vertebrate Aggression Douglas W. Wacker

    5. Behavioral and Neuroendocrine Plasticity in the Form of Winner and Loser Effects Nathaniel S. Rieger, Matthew J. Fuxjager, Brian C. Trainor, Xin Zhao, and Catherine A. Marler

    6. The Endocrinology of Dominance Relations in Non-Human Primates Sean P. Coyne

    7. The Dual-Hormone Approach to Dominance and Status-Seeking Amar Sarkar, Pranjal H. Mehta, and Robert A. Josephs

    8. Social Neuroendocrinology of Human Aggression: Progress and Future Directions Justin M. Carré, Emily Jeanneault, and Nicole Marley

    Section 3: Social Affiliation

    9. Social Endocrinology in Evolutionary Perspective: Function and Phylogeny Nicholas M. Grebe and Steven W. Gangestad

    10. Organizational and Activational Effects of Progesterone on Social Behavior in Female Mammals Alicia A. Walf and Cheryl A. Frye

    11. The Neuroendocrinological Basis of Human Affiliation: How Oxytocin Coordinates Affiliation-Related Cognition and Behavior via Changing Underlying Brain Activity Bastian Schiller and Markus Heinrichs

    12. Oxytocin and Human Sociality: An Interactionist Perspective on the "Hormone of Love" Jonas P. Nitschke, Sonia A. Krol, and Jennifer A. Bartz

    13. Affiliative or Aggressive? The Role of Oxytocin in Anti-Social Behaviour through the Lens of the Social Salience Hypothesis Leehe Peled-Avron and Simone G. Shamay-Tsoory

    Section 4: Pair Bonding, Reproduction, and Parenting

    14. Functional Roles of Gonadal Hormones in Human Pair Bonding and Sexuality James R. Roney

    15. Organizational Effects of Hormones on Sexual Orientation Kevin A. Rosenfield, Khytam Dawood, and David A. Puts

    16. Hormones and Close Relationship Processes: Neuroendocrine Bases of Partnering and Parenting Robin S. Edelstein and Kristi Chin

    17. The Many Faces of Human Caregiving: Perspective on Flexibility of the Parental Brain, Hormonal systems, and Parenting Behaviors and their Long-Term Implications for Child Development Eyal Abraham and Ruth Feldman

    18. The Social Neuroendocrinology of Pregnancy and Breastfeeding in Mothers (and Others) Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook and Colin Holbrook

    19. The Neuroendocrinology of Fatherhood Patty X. Kuo and Lee T. Gettler

    Section 5: Cognition and Emotion

    20. Sex Hormonal Effects on Brain Lateralization Markus Hausmann and D. Michael Burt

    21. Estrogens and Androgens in the Prefrontal Cortex: Relevance for Cognition and Decision-Making Elizabeth Hampson

    22. Sex Hormones and Economic Decision Making in the Lab: A Review of the Causal Evidence Anna Dreber and Magnus Johannesson

    23. Emotional Processing and Sex Hormones Malin Gingnell, Jonas Hornung, and Birgit Derntl

    24. Hormonal Modulation of Reinforcement Learning and Reward-Related Processes – A Role for 17ß-Estradiol, Progesterone and Testosterone Esther K. Diekhof, Luise Reimers, and Sarah K. C. Holtfrerich

    25. The Impact of Psychosocial Stress on Cognition Oliver T. Wolf

    26. Intra- and Interindividual Differences in Cortisol Stress Responses Sandra Zänkert and Brigitte M. Kudielka


    Section 6: Developmental Aspects

    27. Stress and Social Development in Adolescence in a Rodent Model Travis E. Hodges and Cheryl M. McCormick

    28. Oxytocin and Vasopressin Systems in the Development of Social Behavior Elizabeth A. D. Hammock

    29. The Social Neuroendocrinology and Development of Executive Functions Rosemarie E. Perry, Eric D. Finegood, Stephen H. Braren, and Clancy Blair

    30. Sensitive Periods of Development and the Organizing Actions of Gonadal Steroid Hormones on the Adolescent Brain Kalynn M. Schulz and Zoey Forrester-Fronstin

    31. The Social Biopsychology of Implicit Motive Development Martin G. Köllner, Kevin T. Janson, and Kira Bleck

    32. Interventions, Stress During Development, and Psychosocial Adjustment Leslie E. Roos, Kathryn G. Beauchamp, Jessica Flannery, Sarah Horn, and Philip A. Fisher

    33. Developmental Trajectories of HPA-HPG Dual-Axes Coupling: Implications for Social Neuroendocrinology E. Zakreski, A. R. Dismukes, A. Tountas, J. M. Phan, S. N. Moody, and E. A. Shirtcliff

    Section 7: Mental and Physical Health

    34. Neuroendocrinological Aspects of Social Anxiety and Aggression-Related Disorders Dorien Enter, M. H. M. Hutschemaekers, and Karin Roelofs

    35. The Social Neuroendocrinology of Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Amy Lehrner and Rachel Yehuda

    36. Attachment and Depression: Is Oxytocin the Shared Link? Allison M. Perkeybile and C. Sue Carter

    37. Sexual Dimorphism in Drug Addiction: An Influence of Sex Hormones Linda I. Perrotti, Brandon D. Butler, and Saurabh S. Kokane

    38. Neuroendocrine-Immune Interactions in Health and Disease Nicolas Rohleder

    39. The Social Neuroendocrinology of Athletic Competition David A. Edwards and Kathleen V. Casto


    Oliver C. Schultheiss is a Professor of Psychology at Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany. His research focuses on the implicit motivational needs for power, achievement, affiliation, and sex, and their interactions with the endocrine system.

    Pranjal H. Mehta is Senior Lecturer in Experimental Psychology at the University College London. His research examines interactions between hormones, the social environment, and human behavior with an emphasis on status hierarchies, stress, and decision making.

    "Social neuroendocrinology is a rapidly growing scientific discipline that has revolutionized our understanding of the biological bases of all social processes. The Routledge International Handbook of Social Neuroendocrinology offers the most comprehensive and most authoritative review of this field of research to date. A must-read for all behavioral scientists." - Dario Maestripieri, The University of Chicago, USA