This title has ceased (2018).
Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology is a peer reviewed open access journal that aims to stimulate multidisciplinary research into the central nervous system and its complex relationship with the surrounding social environment. Spurred by significant methodological and theoretical advances in cognitive and developmental neurosciences over the past two decades, two particular fields have emerged: (i) social neuroscience focusing on the role of the brain in processing social information, and (ii) affective neuroscience focusing on the role of the brain and how it reacts to emotionally, motivationally and other affectively related inputs. Several interesting topics are now appearing as these two fields begin to overlap, for example the question of the neural processing of emotional information conveyed by congeners, and the role of the brain in functional contexts involving dyadic interactions. In particular, during the last years, developmental research has allowed us to better understand psychological and neural processes involved in early social interactions.
In order to stimulate and articulate a dialogue between those disciplines that engage in research where social and affective neuroscience are beginning to converge – human and animal neurosciences and developmental neurosciences, clinical neuroscience, psychoanalysis, psychology and developmental psychology, philosophy etc. – Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology provides a forum for publication of (i) original research papers in all areas of social and affective neurosciences that may further our knowledge about the involvement of the central nervous system as it interacts with the surrounding environment, (ii) reviews and synthesis papers providing state-of-the-art overviews of experimental and theoretical research from different disciplines on a specific topic; and (iii) dialogue or opinion papers by and/or between researchers from different fields leading to the development of new theoretical frameworks.