Neural Mechanisms of Social Influence

  title={Neural Mechanisms of Social Influence},
  author={Malia Mason and Michael I. Norton and Rebecca L. Dyer},
The Neural Mechanisms Of Conformity Across Socioeconomic Status And Development
Social influence is omnipresent, explicitly and implicitly influencing people’s preferences and behaviors. Recently, neuroscientists have begun to contribute to our understanding of social influence,
Neural responses to implicit forms of peer influence in young adults
The results suggest that the brain is sensitive to even subtle cues varying in level of peer endorsement and neural sensitivity differed by the tendency to conform to peers’ behaviors particularly in regions implicated in social motivation.
A Review of Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Social Conformity
Together, recent findings provide valuable insight into the neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying social conformity and clearly point up the need for further studies in this field.
Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Social Influence on Emotion
Social information can profoundly influence behavior, perceptual and evaluative judgments, and even physiological response to pain. Yet, few studies have looked at its influence on emotion
Modulation of Social Influence by Methylphenidate
The MPH group exhibited twice the conformity effect of the PL group following moderate social conflict, but this did not occur following large conflicts, suggesting that MPH might enhance signals that would otherwise be too weak to evoke conformity.
The social brain and reward: social information processing in the human striatum.
The human striatum, known to play a key role in reward processing, displays signals related to a broad spectrum of social functioning, including evaluating social rewards, making decisions influenced by social factors, learning about social others, cooperating, competing, and following social norms.
Creating Buzz
Social interaction promotes the spread of values, attitudes, and behaviors. Here, we report on neural responses to ideas that are destined to spread. We scanned message communicators using functional
A neurobiological perspective on social influence: Serotonin and social adaptation
It is suggested that 5‐HT can facilitate social learning and may represent an important target for treating psychiatric disorders characterized by impairments in social functioning.
Multiple neural signatures of social proof and deviance during the observation of other people's preferences.
Mismatches, as compared to matches, of preferences were associated with an amplitude increase of a broadly distributed N400-like deflection, suggesting that social deviance is represented in the human brain in a similar way as conflicts or breaches of expectation.


Social Comparison Affects Reward-Related Brain Activity in the Human Ventral Striatum
It is shown that a variation in the comparison subject's payment affects blood oxygenation level–dependent responses in the ventral striatum, which provides neurophysiological evidence for the importance of social comparison on reward processing in the human brain.
Processing of Social and Monetary Rewards in the Human Striatum
An fMRI study of intentional and unintentional (embarrassing) violations of social norms.
The data suggest that social behavioural problems in patients with frontal lobe lesions or fronto-temporal dementia may be a consequence of dysfunction within the systems identified in light of their possible role in processing whether particular social behaviours are, or are not, appropriate.
Reflecting upon Feelings: An fMRI Study of Neural Systems Supporting the Attribution of Emotion to Self and Other
It is suggested that self and other evaluation of emotion rely on a network of common mechanisms centered on the MPFC, which has been hypothesized to support mental state attributions in general, and that medial and lateral PFC regions selectively recruited by self or other judgments may be involved in attention to, and elaboration of, internally as opposed to externally generated information.
Perspective-Taking from a Social Neuroscience Standpoint
A primary focus of research undertaken by social psychologists is to establish why perceivers fail to accurately adopt or understand other people's perspectives. From overestimating the dispositional
Functional imaging of ‘theory of mind’
Thinking about actions: the neural substrates of person knowledge.
The findings suggest that person knowledge may be functionally dissociable from comparable information about other animals, with action-related judgments about people recruiting neural activity that is indicative of ToM reasoning.
Dissociable Medial Temporal Lobe Contributions to Social Memory
Whether amygdala activity supports emotional memory during the more subtle social interactions that punctuate everyday life is investigated, suggesting a role for the amygdala in providing a nonspecific arousal indicator in response to viewing individuals with emotionally colored pasts.