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Brain Res. 2006 Mar 24;1079(1):57-65. Epub 2006 Feb 15.

Why and how to study Theory of Mind with fMRI.

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  • 1Harvard Society of Fellows, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA. Saxe@mit.edu


Social cognitive neuroscience investigates the psychological and neural basis of perception and reasoning about other people, especially in terms of invisible internal states. This enterprise poses many challenges. The current review describes responses to three such challenges: deriving hypotheses from developmental psychology, using verbal narratives as stimuli, and analysing the results in functionally defined regions of interest.

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