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Trends Cogn Sci. 2012 Feb;16(2):101-2. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2011.11.013. Epub 2011 Dec 15.

The social brain meets neuroimaging.

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  • 1Institute of Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, 64 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6PN, UK. robin.dunbar@anthro.ox.ac.uk


Recent neuroimaging studies in humans have indicated that individual differences in social network size correlate with amygdala volume and the volume of brain regions associated with theory of mind. A new article demonstrates that this is also true for monkeys. Taken together, these findings provide crucial support for the social brain hypothesis.

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