John Cacioppo is a social neuroscientist, investigating how societal influences and personal relationships affect cognition and emotions, the underlying neural substrates and mechanisms, and health and well being.
He is the director of the Social Psychology Program at the University of Chicago, as well as the director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience.
He has served on the National Advisory Council on Aging, the group that advises the National Institute on Aging, on the conduct and support of biomedical, social, and behavioral research and training on the diseases and conditions associated with aging.
Cacioppo is a member of the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science, the chair of the Board of Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences at the National Research Council and a member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate. He is a former member of both the Council for the NIH Center for Scientific Review and the Council for the National Institute on Aging.
He is the co-author of a number of books, including Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection (2008), The Handbook of Psychophysiology (2007), Social Neuroscience (2005), Foundations in Social Neuroscience (2002) and Emotional Contagion (1994).