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What does the interactive brain hypothesis mean for social neuroscience?

A recent framework inspired by phenomenological philosophy, dynamical systems theory, embodied cognition and robotics has proposed the interactive brain hypothesis (IBH). Whereas mainstream social neuroscience views social cognition as arising solely from events in the brain, the IBH argues that … Continue reading

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What binds us? Inter-brain neural synchronization and its implications for theories of human consciousness

The association between neural oscillations and functional integration is widely recognized in the study of human cognition. Large-scale synchronization of neural activity has also been proposed as the neural basis of consciousness. Intriguingly, a growing number of studies in social … Continue reading

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Inter-Brain Synchronization during Social Interaction

During social interaction, both participants are continuously active, each modifying their own actions in response to the continuously changing actions of the partner. This continuous mutual adaptation results in interactional synchrony to which both members contribute. Freely exchanging the role … Continue reading

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The social and cultural roots of brains

Encephalization, or brain expansion, underpins humans’ sophisticated social cognition, including language, joint attention, shared goals, teaching, consensus decision-making and empathy. These abilities promote and stabilize cooperative social inter-actions, and have allowed us to create a ‘cognitive’ or ‘cultural’ niche and … Continue reading

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Brain networks for Social Interactions

By studying rhesus monkeys, researchers have identified a brain network dedicated to processing social interactions — a discovery that offers tantalizing clues to the origins of our ability to understand what other people are thinking. Scientists call our ability to … Continue reading

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Low Social Status May Weaken Immune System in Monkeys

Life at the bottom of the pecking order ramps up inflammation, according to new research, an effect that appears to be reversible. The link between social class and health in social mammals has been well documented. But new research in rhesus … Continue reading

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Tackling the Social Cognition Paradox through Multi-scale Approaches

Recent debates regarding the primacy of social interaction versus individual cognition appear to be caused by the lack of an integrative account of the multiple scales at play. We suggest that reconciling individual autonomy and dyadic interactive viewpoints requires the … Continue reading

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