Neurosociology is an inquiry into the social dimensions of functioning brains and the fusion of brain functioning with minded behavior and self-processes. Neurosociology puts individualistic tabula rasa theories of knowledge to rest. The environment may trigger responses, but the brain selects, interprets, edits, and changes the very quality of incoming information to fit its own requirements and limitations. Much of this “revisionism” is produced by its robust cognitive and emotional capacities. The “living content” of these capacities (meanings) are supplied by culture and human talk. Working brains develop only in interaction with other brains and the cultural content they produce (Brothers 1997). This makes experience more of a projection than a recording. Thus, the largely interpretive and culture‐dependent nature of selfhood, memory, and even sensed perception opens the door to neurosociology. It studies the effect of culture and learning environments on brain processes and neuronal structure, as well as the effect of brain processes in creating emergent social structures.


Read also: Handbook of Neurosociology

About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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