Social neuroscience is a fledgling discipline that says the brain operates differently depending on social context. A fundamental insight concerns the basiclaly social nature of the brain. For example:

  • In monkeys, physical contact was even more important than food in determining mother-infant attachment.
  • Amphetamine increases dominant behavior in monkeys high in the social hierarchy, but increases submissive behavior in monkeys close to the bottom of that hirearchy.

(Restak, Richard, M.D. The Naked Brain. p 3-7. NY: Three Rivers Press, 2006.)