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Published (as Chapter 13) in J. Decety & J. T. Cacioppo, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 212-226.


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This chapter reviews social neuroscience research that links social psychological attitudes and evaluative processes to their presumed neural bases. The chapter is organized into four parts. The first section discusses how attitude representations are transformed into evaluative states that can be used to guide thought and action. The next two sections address the related processes of attitude learning and change. The final section discusses applications of these concepts for the study of prejudice and political behavior.