Social Neuroscience and Intergroup Relations Discussion

Discussion 1 (150-300words)

1. Give an explanation of two strengths and two limitations related to a social neuroscientific approach to intergroup relations.
2. Explain whether neuroscientific explanations may erode a sense of personal responsibility and choice in intergroup behavior.

Discussion 2 (150-300words)

1. Give one example of how social neuroscience informs understanding of intergroup relations.
2. Give one example of how social neuroscience informs understanding of prejudice control or reduction.
3. Give one practical implication of how social neuroscience may be applied to bring positive social change to individuals, families, or communities.

In each discussion, please include specific references to the Learning Resources and the current literature.

READINGS

  • Amodio, D. M. (2008). The social neuroscience of intergroup relations. European Review of Social Psychology, 19, 1–54.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Dovidio, J. F., Pearson, A. R., & Orr, P. (2008). Social psychology and neuroscience: Strange bedfellows or a healthy marriage? Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 11(2), 247–263.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Trawalter, S., Richeson, J. A., & Shelton, J. N. (2009). Predicting behavior during interracial interactions: A stress and coping approach. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 13(4), 243–268.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.