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date: 17 June 2024

Behavioral, Cognitive, and Neural Mechanisms of Human Social Interactionlocked

Behavioral, Cognitive, and Neural Mechanisms of Human Social Interactionlocked

  • Antonia F. de C. HamiltonAntonia F. de C. HamiltonUniversity College of London

Summary

Social interaction is a fundamental part of what makes humans human and draws on a wide range of neural and cognitive mechanisms. This review summarizes research in terms of four suggested brain networks. First, the social perception network responds selectively to viewing and interpreting other people’s faces and bodies. Second, the theory of mind network is engaged when people think about other people’s beliefs and knowledge states. Third, the mirror neuron network has a role in understanding and imitating actions. Fourth, the emotion network shows some selective responses to emotional facial expressions and when people empathize with other’s pain. The role of these four networks in dynamic social interactions and real-world communication is also considered.

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  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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