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Social Psychophysiology

  1. John T. Cacioppo1,
  2. Gary G. Berntson2,
  3. Tatjana Aue3

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0897

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Cacioppo, J. T., Berntson, G. G. and Aue, T. 2010. Social Psychophysiology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Chicago

  2. 2

    Ohio State University

  3. 3

    University of Chicago

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Social psychophysiology is characterized by the use of noninvasive procedures to study the relationships between actual or perceived physiological events and the verbal or behavioral effects of human interactions. The field represents the intersection of social psychology and psychophysiology. Social psychology, the older of the two spawning disciplines, is directed toward understanding the reportable and behavioral effects of human presence and interactions, whereas psychophysiology employs noninvasive procedures to study the interrelationships between physiological events and a person's reportable or overt behavior.


  • psychophysiology;
  • social behavior;
  • social psychophysiology