Methods of neuroscience in studying world politics

Methods of neuroscience in studying world politics

Article received: 2023.02.15. Accepted: 2023.06.29

DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2023.05.09

For citation:

Lebedeva M.M., Zinovieva E.S. Methods of neuroscience in studying world politics. – Polis. Political Studies. 2023. No. 5. P. 141-152. (In Russ.). EDN: GAFBFW

The publication was supported by the MGIMO University development programme “Priority 2030”.


Neuroscience is actively developing and penetrating into social areas of scientific research. Compared to other areas of the social sciences, international relations and world politics have been less concerned with neurostudies, since the conduct of experiment, which is the main method of neuroscience, is limited. The research question of the article is the following: how does neuroscience open up new opportunities for the study of world politics and, in particular, international negotiations? Neuroscience is aimed at obtaining objective data. In the history of international research, there were periods of increased interest in objective research methods. The last period is associated with the fourth industrial revolution and the emergence, among other things, of neuroscience. The article highlights four areas of neuroscience in the field of international relations and world politics: 1) The role of cognitive and emotional processes, the problem of leadership, cooperation and conflict in international relations and world politics in decisionmaking and interaction; 2) Differences in the course of neuroprocesses among representatives of different cultures; 3) The possibility of transferring data obtained by neuroscience to international relations and world politics; 4) Limitations and emerging benefits of using neuroscience in international research.

neuroscience, objective research methods, international negotiations, international relations and world politics.


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