Neural Correlates of Social Decision Making and Relationships

A Developmental Perspective

Authors

  • Berna Güroğlu,

    1. Leiden University, Institute for Psychological Research, Leiden, the Netherlands
    2. Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition, Leiden, the Netherlands
    3. Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands
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  • Wouter van den Bos,

    1. Leiden University, Institute for Psychological Research, Leiden, the Netherlands
    2. Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition, Leiden, the Netherlands
    3. Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands
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  • Eveline A. Crone

    1. Leiden University, Institute for Psychological Research, Leiden, the Netherlands
    2. Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition, Leiden, the Netherlands
    3. Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands
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Address for correspondence: Berna Güroğlu, Department of Developmental Psychology, Leiden University, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden, The Netherlands. Voice: +31 71 5271825; fax: +31 71 5273932. bguroglu@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Abstract

Social competence, e.g., effective functioning in interpersonal relationships, plays an important role in well being during one's lifetime. Social skills, such as perspective taking and understanding intentionality, develop during childhood and adolescence. We hypothesize that these behavioral changes result from protracted development of brain regions involved in social interactions. We give a brief outline of behavioral and neuroimaging studies on fairness, trust, and reciprocity considerations in social decision making and the development of these considerations. We propose that a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the developing brain and sociocognitive skills is important for understanding the development of social relationships.

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