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dc.contributor.authorMitchell, Jason
dc.contributor.authorBanaji, Mahzarin
dc.contributor.authorMacrae, Neil
dc.date.accessioned2009-02-03T18:16:06Z
dc.date.issued2005
dc.identifier.citationMitchell, Jason P., Mahzarin R. Banaji, and C. Neil Macrae. 2005. The link between social cognition and self-referential thought in the medial prefrontal cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 17(8): 1306-1315.en
dc.identifier.issn0898-929Xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:2560812
dc.description.abstractThe medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) has been implicated in seemingly disparate cognitive functions, such as understanding the minds of other people and processing information about the self. This functional overlap would be expected if humans use their own experiences to infer the mental states of others, a basic postulate of simulation theory. Neural activity was measured while participants attended to either the mental or physical aspects of a series of other people. To permit a test of simulation theory’s prediction that inferences based on self-reflection should only be made for similar others, targets were subsequently rated for their degree of similarity to self. Parametric analyses revealed a region of the ventral mPFC—previously implicated in self-referencing tasks—in which activity correlated with perceived self/other similarity, but only for mentalizing trials. These results suggest that self-reflection may be used to infer the mental states of others when they are sufficiently similar to self.en
dc.description.sponsorshipPsychologyen
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherMIT Pressen
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1162/0898929055002418en
dash.licenseLAA
dc.titleThe Link between Social Cognition and Self-referential Thought in the Medial Prefrontal Cortexen
dc.typeJournal Article
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dc.relation.journalJournal of Cognitive Neuroscienceen
dash.depositing.authorBanaji, Mahzarin
dc.identifier.doi10.1162/0898929055002418*
dash.contributor.affiliatedMitchell, Jason
dash.contributor.affiliatedBanaji, Mahzarin


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