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Neuroscientist. 2007 Dec;13(6):580-93. Epub 2007 Oct 2.

The role of the right temporoparietal junction in social interaction: how low-level computational processes contribute to meta-cognition.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, and Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA. decety@uchicago.edu

Abstract

Accumulating evidence from cognitive neuroscience indicates that the right inferior parietal cortex, at the junction with the posterior temporal cortex, plays a critical role in various aspects of social cognition such as theory of mind and empathy. With a quantitative meta-analysis of 70 functional neuroimaging studies, the authors demonstrate that this area is also engaged in lower-level (bottom-up) computational processes associated with the sense of agency and reorienting attention to salient stimuli. It is argued that this domain-general computational mechanism is crucial for higher level social cognitive processing.

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17911216
DOI:
10.1177/1073858407304654
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