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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2006 Apr;7(4):268-77.

Meeting of minds: the medial frontal cortex and social cognition.

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Department of Psychology, New York University, 6 Washington Place, New York 10003, USA.


Social interaction is a cornerstone of human life, yet the neural mechanisms underlying social cognition are poorly understood. Recently, research that integrates approaches from neuroscience and social psychology has begun to shed light on these processes, and converging evidence from neuroimaging studies suggests a unique role for the medial frontal cortex. We review the emerging literature that relates social cognition to the medial frontal cortex and, on the basis of anatomical and functional characteristics of this brain region, propose a theoretical model of medial frontal cortical function relevant to different aspects of social cognitive processing.

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