Studying the neural basis of
social & affective processes
The Social & Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS) is committed to research investigating the neural basis of social and affective processes. The Society was founded in 2008 and now comprises over 400 members. One of the main ways that SANS promotes social and affective neuroscience is by holding an annual meeting.
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What is Social and Affective Neuroscience?
Social and affective neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field of research that seeks to understand phenomena such as group dynamics, interpersonal interactions, social communication, social cognition cooperation, and aggression in terms of interactions among three levels of analysis:
The social level, which pertains to the intrapersonal (cognitive), interpersonal, and inter-group factors that influence social behavior and experience
The affective level, which pertains to the emotional and motivational mechanisms that give rise to social phenomena
The neural level, which pertains to neural and hormonal mechanisms that give rise to social and affective processes
Join SANS and enjoy many member benefits including reduced conference rates and the ability to vote on society business.
Learn about our society awards. Information about nominations, guidelines for submission, and a list of all current and previous winners.
Learn about our next conference to be held virtually in 2023! Information about key dates, submission guidelines and registration.