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Seeing other minds: attributed mental states influence perception

Teufel, Christoph, Fletcher, Paul C. and Davis, Greg 2010. Seeing other minds: attributed mental states influence perception. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 14 (8) , pp. 376-382. 10.1016/j.tics.2010.05.005

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A current consensus views social perception as a bottom-up process in which the human brain uses social signals to make inferences about another's mental state. Here we propose that, contrary to this model, even the most basic perceptual processing of a social stimulus and closely associated automatic responses are modulated by mental-state attribution. We suggest that social perception is subserved by an interactive bidirectional relationship between the neural mechanisms supporting basic sensory processing of social information and the theory-of-mind system. Consequently, processing of a social stimulus cannot be divorced from its representation in terms of mental states. This hypothesis has far-reaching implications for our understanding of both the healthy social brain and characteristic social failures in psychopathology.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Cell Press
ISSN: 1364-6613
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:55

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