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date: 18 October 2019

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This chapter discusses the human lesion approach for understanding the mechanisms of social processes. It begins with a description of the lesion method, which allows researchers to explore the association between focal damage to a particular brain region and impairment in a clearly defined cognitive-behavioral function. In humans, the lesion method is used to study individuals who have incurred focal brain damage naturally as a result of external insult (e.g., car accident, bullet wound) or due to specific kinds of disease or damage (e.g., cerebrovascular disease, surgical treatment of epilepsy, tumor resection). The chapter goes on to present some notable examples of lesion-method research in the field of social neuroscience.

Keywords: human lesion approach, social processes, cognitive behavior, social neuroscience, lesion method research

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