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Sexual Affiliation as a Model to Study the Neural Networks Involved in Motivated Social Interactions

Sexual Affiliation as a Model to Study the Neural Networks Involved in Motivated Social Interactions

Therefore, emotion and motivation are better understood in a conceptual framework which takes into account its social component with dimensions such as the self, the author and the inter-subjective networks between these dimensions. This scientific problem can be studied through different functional contexts modelling motivated social interactions and allowing to study precisely the neural and the psychological processes involved. In this talk, I will show how sexual affiliation has been one of the most interesting functional contexts during the last decade which allowed to deepen the knowledge in this field.

Through the use of the functional context of sexual affiliation, we will first show how this framework has been explored in neuroimaging studies to investigate the neural correlates of motivated social interactions. Secondly, we will talk about recent theories of embodied cognition and will show how recent studies allowed to demonstrate the role of the bodily responses reaction in motivated social interactions.