Category Archives: Social brain

Intentional action processing results from automatic bottom-up attention: the Social Relevance Hypothesis

Social stimuli grab our attention. However, it has rarely been investigated how variations in attention affect the processing of social stimuli, although the answer could help us uncover details of social cognition processes such as action understanding. In the present … Continue reading

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Social Relevance: Brain processes social information at high priority

Everyday actions activate bottom-up attention processes. Our perception is highly sensitized for absorbing social information, new research has found. The brain is thus trained to pay a great degree of attention to everyday actions. Our brain automatically pays great attention … Continue reading

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Your Brain Shows If You Are Lonely or Not

New Insight into How the Brain Maps Our Interpersonal Ties Social connection with others is critical to a person’s mental and physical well-being. How the brain maps relationships with other people in relation to one’s self has long been a … Continue reading

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Self-other representation in the social brain reflects social connection

Social connection is critical to well-being, yet how the brain reflects our attachment to other people remains largely unknown. We combined univariate and multivariate brain imaging analyses to assess whether and how the brain organizes representations of others based on … Continue reading

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Study confirms social brain theory

The social brain theory – that animals in large social groups have bigger brains – has now been supported by a computer model. For animals in smaller social groups, the cost of having a large brain outweighs the benefits. Scientists used a … Continue reading

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Social Brain developed in Children as young as three

A new study reports the brain network that controls theory of mind, the ability to interpret the thoughts of others, is already developed in children as young as three. Humans use an ability known as theory of mind every time … Continue reading

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Plasticity of the Social Brain: Change after socio-affective and cognitive mental training

Although neuroscientific research has revealed experience-dependent brain changes across the life span in sensory, motor, and cognitive domains, plasticity relating to social capacities remains largely unknown. To investigate whether the targeted mental training of different cognitive and social skills can … Continue reading

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Building a Social Brain

Because we are a social species, humans have evolved a fundamental need to belong that encourages behaviors reflective of being good group members. From this perspective, the need for interpersonal attachments is a fundamental motive that has evolved for adaptive … Continue reading

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The Social Brain in Adolescence

Social cognition is the collection of cognitive processes required to understand and interact with others. The term ‘social brain’ refers to the network of brain regions that underlies these processes. Recent evidence suggests that a number of social cognitive functions … Continue reading

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Genetics of Human Social Behavior

Human beings are an incredibly social species and along with eusocial insects engage in the largest cooperative living groups in the planet’s history. Twin and family studies suggest that uniquely human characteristics such as empathy, altruism, sense of equity, love, … Continue reading

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