Toward an organizational cognitive neuroscience

Michael Butler, Carl Senior

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The research strategy adopted in this article is to connect two different discourses and the ideas, methods, and outputs they contain—these being cognitive neuroscience and organization theory. The main contribution of the article is to present an agenda for the field of organizational cognitive neuroscience. We define what is meant by the term, outline its background, identify why it is important as a new research direction, and then conclude by drawing on Damasio's levels of life regulation as a framework to bind together existing organizational cognitive neuroscience. The article begins by setting the wider debate behind the emergence of organizational cognitive neuroscience by revisiting the nature–nurture debate and uses Pinker to demonstrate that the connection between mind and matter has not been resolved, that new directions are opening up to better understand human nature, and that organizational cognitive neuroscience is one fruitful path forward.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial cognitive neuroscience of organisations
EditorsMichael Butler, Carl Senior
Place of PublicationBoston (US)
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-1-57331-698-9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

Publication series

NameAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
ISSN (Electronic)1749-6632


  • social cognitive neuroscience
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • social psychology
  • neuroscience
  • brain
  • social interaction
  • SCN rubric undergo interrogation
  • motivational factors
  • social factors
  • behavior
  • experience


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