Social Cognitive Neuroscience

Dr. Matthew Lieberman, UCLA

Franz 5461, Tuesdays 2:00 ­ 4:50pm



Week 1 ­ Introduction

Fiske, S. T., & Taylor, S. E. (1991). Social Cognition (Chapter 1, pp. 1-19)

Kosslyn, S. M. (1999). If neuroimaging is the answer, what is the question? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 354, 1283-1294.

Gilbert, D. T. (1999). What the mindšs not.  In S. Chaiken & Y. Trope (Eds.), Dual-process theories in social psychology. (pp. 3-11) New York: Guilford Press.




Week 2 ­ Overview of Social Cognitive Neuroscience

Cacioppo, J. T., & Bernston, G. G. (1992). Social psychological contributions to the Decade of the Brain: Doctrine of multilevel analysis. American Psychologist, 47, 1019-1028

Klein, S. B., & Kihlstrom, J. F. (1998). On bridging the gap between social-personality psychology and neuropsychology. Personality & Social Psychology Review, 2, 228-242.

Adolphs, R. (1999). Social cognition and the human brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 3, 469-479.

Ochsner, K. N., & Lieberman, M. D. (2001).  The emergence of social cognitive neuroscience.  American Psychologist, 56, 717-734.

Smith, E. R. (1996). What do connectionist and social psychology offer each other? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 893-912.



Week 3 ­ Person Perception

Lieberman, M. D., Gaunt, R., Gilbert, D. T., & Trope, Y. (in press).  Reflection and reflexion: A social cognitive neuroscience approach to attributional inference. M. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol. 34).

Kunda, Z., & Thagard, P. (1996). Forming impressions from stereotypes, traits, and behaviors: Aparallel constraint satisfaction theory. Psychological Review, 103, 284-308.

Jellema, T., & Perrett, D. I. (2001). Coding of visible and hidden actions: a tutorial.  Manuscript in preparation.

Williams, J. H. G., Whiten, A., Suddendorf, T., & Perrett, D. I. (2001). Imitation, mirror neurons and autism. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 25, 287-295.

Lieberman, M. D. (2000).  Intuition:  A social cognitive neuroscience approach. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 109-137






Week 4 ­ Stereotyping Processes

Phelps, E. A., OšConnor, K. J., Cunningham, W. A., Funayama, E. S., Gatenby, J. C., Gore, J. C., & Banaji, M. R. (2000). Performance on indirect measures of race evaluation predicts amygdala activation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 12, 729-738.

Golby, A. J., Gabrieli, J. D. E., Chiao, J. Y., & Eberhardt, J. L. (2001). Differential responses in the fusiform region to same-race and other-race faces. Nature Neuroscience, 4, 845-850.

McClelland, J. L., McNaughton, B. L., & OšReilly, R. C. (1995). Why there are complimentary learning systems in the hippocampus and neocortex: insights from the successes and failures of connectionist models of learning and memory. Psychological Review, 102, 419-457.

Bargh, J. A., Chen, M., & Burrows, L. (1996). Automaticity of social behavior: Direct effects of trait construct and stereotype activation on action. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 71, 230-244.






Week 5 ­ Rationalization & Expectation

Gazzaniga, M. S. (1995).  Consciousness and the cerebral hemispheres. In M. S. Gazzaniga (Ed.), The cognitive neurosciences (pp. 1391-1394). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Kosslyn, S. M., Thompson, W. L., Costantini-Ferrando, M. F.. Alpert, N. M., & Spiegel, D. (2000). Hypnotic visual illusion alters color processing in the brain. American Journal of Psychiatry, 157, 1279-1284.

Sawamoto, N., Honda, M., Okada, T., Hanakawa, T., Kanda, M., Fukuyama, H., Konishi, J., & Shibasaki, H. (2000). Expectation of pain enhances responses to nonpainful somatosensory stimulation in the anterior cingulate cortex and parietal operculum/posterior insula: An event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Journal of Neuroscience, 20, 7438-7445.

Lieberman, M. D., Ochsner, K. N., Gilbert, D. T., & Schacter, D. L. (2001).  Do amnesics exhibit cognitive dissonance reduction?  The role of explicit memory and attention in attitude change. Psychological Science, 12, 135-140.

Read, S. J., Vanman, E. J., & Miller, L. C. (1997).  Connectionism, parallel constraint satisfaction processes, and gestalt principles:  (Re)Introducing cognitive dynamics to social psychology.  Personality and Social Psychology Review, 1, 26-53.

Shultz, T. R. & Lepper, M. R. (1995).  Cognitive dissonance reduction as constraint satisfaction.  Psychological Review, 103, 219-240.




Week 6 - Emotion

Lazarus, R. S. (1991) Progress on a cognitive-motivational-relational theory of emotion. American Psychologist, 46, 819-834.

Rolls, E. T. (1999). The Brain and Emotion (Chapter 4, pp. 75-147)

Schultz, W., Trembley, L., & Hollerman, J. R. (1998). Reward prediction in primate basal ganglia and frontal cortex. Neuropharmacology, 37, 421-429.

Knutson, B., Adams, C. M., Fong, G. W., & Hommer, D. (2001) Anticipation of increasing monetary reward selectively recruits nucleus accumbens. Journal of Neuroscience, 21, 1-5

Anderson, A. K., & Phelps, E. A. (2000). Expression without recognition: Contributions of the human amygdala to emotional communication. Psychological Science, 11, 106-111.




Week 7 ­ Modulating Emotions

Gross, J. J. (2001) Emotion regulation in adulthood: Timing is everything. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 10, 214-219.

Hariri, A. R., Bookheimer, S. Y., & Mazziotta, J. C. (2000). Modulating emotional responses: effects of a neocortical network on the limbic system. Neuroreport, 11, 43-48.

Ochnser, K. N., Bunge, S. A., Gross, J. J., & Gabrieli, J. D. E (2002). The neural bases of reappraisal.  Submitted to Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Borkovec, T. D., Roemer, L., & Kinyon, J. (1995). Disclosure and worry: Opposite sides of the emotional processing coin.  In J. W. Pennebaker (Ed.), Emotion, disclosure, & health (pp. 47-70). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Lieberman, M. D., & Jarcho, J. M. (2002). When controlled processing disrupts genuinely automatic processes: Cognitive load and subliminal mere exposure effects. Manuscript in preparation





Week 8 ­ Personality & Motivational Systems

Gray, J. A. (1991). Neural systems, emotion and personality. In J. Madden (ed.), Neurobiology of Learning, Emotion and Affect (pp. 273-306). New York: Raven Press.

Higgins, E. T. (1997). Beyond pleasure and pain. American Psychologist, 52, 1280-1300.

Gray, J. R., & Braver, T. S. (in press). Trait emotion predicts cognitive activation in caudal anterior cingulate cortex. Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience.

Lieberman, M. D., & Eisenberger, N. I. (2002). The role of anterior cingulate cortex in neuroticism and social cognition. NIMH Grant Proposal (pending).




Week 9 ­ Self-Control

Baumeister, R. F. (1998). The self. In D. T. Gilbert, S. T. Fiske, & G. Lindzey (Eds.), The Handbook of Social Psychology (4th ed., pp. 680-700, 712-725). New York: Oxford University Press.

Breiter, H. C. et al. (1996) Functional magnetic resonance imaging of symptom provocation in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 53, 595-606

Botvinick, M.M., Braver, T. S., Barch, D. M., Carter, C. S., & Cohen, J. D. (2000) Conflict monitoring and cognitive control. Psychological Review, 108, 624-652.

Arnsten, A. F. T..  The biology of being frazzled. Science, 280, 1711-1712.

Ramachandran, V. S. (1995) Anosognosia in parietal lobe syndrome. Consciousness & Cognition, 4, 22-51.




Week 10 - Proposal presentations