Social and affective neuroscience: An Australian perspective

Fiona Kumfor, Lincoln M. Tracy, Grace Wei, Yu Chen, Juan F. Domínguez D., Sarah Whittle, Travis Wearne, Michelle Kelly

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While research in social and affective neuroscience has a long history, it is only in the last few decades that it has been truly established as an independent field of investigation. In the Australian region, despite having an even shorter history, this field of research is experiencing a dramatic rise. In this review, we present recent findings from a survey conducted on behalf of the Australasian Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience (AS4SAN) and from an analysis of the field to highlight contributions and strengths from our region (with a focus on Australia). Our results demonstrate that researchers in this field draw on a broad range of techniques, with the most common being behavioural experiments and neuropsychological assessment, as well as structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging. The Australian region has a particular strength in clinically driven research, evidenced by the types of populations under investigation, top cited papers from the region, and funding sources. We propose that the Australian region has potential to contribute to cross-cultural research and facilitating data sharing, and that improved links with international leaders will continue to strengthen this burgeoning field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)965-980
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • affective neuroscience
  • social cognition
  • social cognitive neuroscience
  • social neuroscience

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