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Neuron. 2006 May 18;50(4):531-4.

The neural basis of mentalizing.

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Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, University College London, London WC1N 3BG, United Kingdom. cfirth@fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk

Abstract

Mentalizing refers to our ability to read the mental states of other agents and engages many neural processes. The brain's mirror system allows us to share the emotions of others. Through perspective taking, we can infer what a person currently believes about the world given their point of view. Finally, the human brain has the unique ability to represent the mental states of the self and the other and the relationship between these mental states, making possible the communication of ideas.

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16701204
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10.1016/j.neuron.2006.05.001
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