Our Social Brains

Louis Cozolino


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Relationships are our natural habitat and the drive to belong is a fundamental human motivation. From birth until death,each of us needs others to help us feel safe, seek us out, and show interest in discovering who we are. Regardless of age, it is vital for us to feel a part of, participate in, and contribute to our various tribes. This is as true for principals, teachers, and school board members as it is for our students. Let’s look at how the brain evolved into a social organ, shaped by the tribal environment to which it had to adapt for thousands of generations.


Cozolino, L. (2014). Our social brains. The Neuropsychotherapist, 8, 22-33. doi: 10.12744/tnpt(8)022-033


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