Emotion and social cognition: Lessons from contemporary human neuroanatomy

Ricardo De Oliveira-Souza*, Jorge Moll, Jordan Grafman

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Two paradigms have guided emotion research over the past decades. The dual-system view embraces the long-held Western belief, espoused most prominently by decision-making and social cognition researchers, that emotion and reason are often at odds. The integrative view, which asserts that emotion and cognition work synergistically, has been less explored experimentally. However, the integrative view (a) may help explain several findings that are not easily accounted for by the dual-system approach, and (b) is better supported by a growing body of evidence from human neuroanatomy that has often been overlooked by experimental neuroscience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-312
Number of pages3
JournalEmotion Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • altruism
  • human brain evolution
  • human nature
  • limbic system
  • neural reorganization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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