About this Research Topic
This Research Topic intends to open a new interdisciplinary frontier in which sociology and neuroscience help social researchers to integrate different analysis levels in social sciences. Neurosociology is understood as the discipline that studies social interactions and socialization in relation to the structures and functions of the nervous system. It is a sociological perspective aimed at investigating how the human brain influences the complex set of forces that guide human interaction and social organization. Conversely, neurosociology also examines how social processes influence neural functions.
Neurosociology is closely related to sociology, the sociology of education and social psychology. In this regard, we are not asked to explain the reasons for the behavior, but rather the socio-cultural-interactionist derivation of each behavior and each type of action. From this discipline, intervention methods and strategies were created and implemented in the areas of education and non-formal education, social unease, deviance, crime, salutogenesis, integration and cooperation.
The purpose of this Research Topic is to shed light on the evolution of the neuronal compartment, specifically the "Mirror Neuron" (MN), aimed at a broad and varied disciplinary compartment. Mirror Neurons are neurons that are activated in the brain both when a human perform a certain behavior and when the same subject observes another human performing it. Research on MNs may explain several existing gaps in the field of sociology, such as the complex relationships between humans and the social structures they belong.
This Research Topic aims to present evidence and, above all, a clear picture of what neurosociology is and how it can be studied without crossing the boundaries into biological reductionism. Manuscripts that focus on the cultural and research background that exist in sociology-related disciplines combined with the neuronal, psychological, and psycho-social aspects are welcome. The core aim is to analyze the complex system that humans live in today and that exists within the social sciences.
To this end, this collection of peer-reviewed articles encourages submissions aimed at examining the following sub-themes:
• Emotional areas (e.g., empathy, agape);
• New interactive models combined with technological advancement;
• Aspects of transformation in educational processes; and
• Studies of Mirror Neurons (MNs) as they related to social sciences.
Special thanks go to Vincenzo Auriemma who initiated this fruitful collaboration with Frontiers and will act as Advisor in the peer-review process.
Keywords: Neurosociology, Social Neuroscience, Sociology, Trans-disciplinary, Mirror Neurons
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