The Neuroscience of Social Interaction: Decoding, influencing, and imitating the actions of others

Paperback | March 25, 2004

EditorChristopher D. Frith, Daniel Wolpert

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Humans, like other primates, are intensely social creatures. One of the major functions of our brains must be to enable us to be as skilful in social interactions as we are in our interactions with the physical world (e.g. recognising objects and grasping them). Furthermore, any differencesbetween human brains and those of our nearest relatives, the great apes, are likely to be linked to our unique achievements in social interaction and communication rather than our motor or perceptual skills. Unique to humans is the ability to mentalise (or mind read), that is to perceive andcommunicate mental states, such as beliefs and desires. A key problem facing science is to uncover the biological mechanisms underlying our ability to read other minds and to show how these mechanisms evolved. To solve this problem we need to do experiments in which people (or animals) interact with one another rather than behaving in isolation. Suchexperiments are now being conducted in increasing numbers and many of the leading exponents of such experiments have contributed to this volume. 'The Neuroscience of Social Interactions' will be an important step in uncovering the biological mechanisms underlying social interactions - undoubtedlyone of the major programmes for neuroscience in the 21st century.

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Humans, like other primates, are intensely social creatures. One of the major functions of our brains must be to enable us to be as skilful in social interactions as we are in our interactions with the physical world (e.g. recognising objects and grasping them). Furthermore, any differencesbetween human brains and those of our nearest ...

Professor Christopher Frith FRS, Functional Imaging Laboratory, Institute of Neurology, University College London Professor Daniel Wolpert, Institute of Neurology, University College London

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.76 inPublished:March 25, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

T Singer, D M Wolpert and C D Frith: Introduction: the study of social interactionsBiological motion: decoding social signals1. A Puce and D Perrett: Electrophysiology and brain imaging of biological motion2. G Csibra: Teleological and referential understanding of action in infancy3. U Frith and C D Frith: Development and neurophysiology of mentalizing4. J Rittscher, A Blake, A Hoogs and G Stein: Mathematical modelling of animate and intentional motionMirror Neurons: Imitating the Behaviour of Others5. A N Meltzoff and J Decety: What imitation tells us about social cognition: a rapprochement between developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience6. A Wohlschlager, M Gattis and H Bekkering: Action generation and action perception in imitation: an instance of the ideomotor principle7. V Gallese: The manifold nature of interpersonal relations: the quest for a common mechanism8. R W Byrne: Imitation as behaviour parsing9. S Schaal, A Ijspeert and A Billard: Computational approaches to motor learning by imitationMentalizing: Closing the Communication Loop10. S C Johnson: Detecting agents11. R J R Blair: Facial expressions, their communicatory functions and neuro-cognitive substrates12. D Griffin and R Gonzalez: Models of dyadic social interaction13. D Sally: Dressing the mind properly for the game14. D M Wolpert, K Doya and M Kawato: The unifying computational framework for motor control and social interaction