The Neuroscience of Social Interaction: Decoding, Imitating, and Influencing the Actions of Others

The Neuroscience of Social Interaction: Decoding, Imitating, and Influencing the Actions of Others

by Christopher D. Frith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198529260

ISBN-13: 9780198529262

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Humans, like other primates, are intensely social creatures. One of the main functions of our brains is to to enable us to be as skilful in our social interactions as we are in our interactions with the physical world. Any differences between human brains and those of our nearest relatives, the great apes, are likely to be linked to our unique achievements in social

Overview

Humans, like other primates, are intensely social creatures. One of the main functions of our brains is to to enable us to be as skilful in our social interactions as we are in our interactions with the physical world. Any differences between human brains and those of our nearest relatives, the great apes, are likely to be linked to our unique achievements in social interaction and communication rather than our motor or perceptual skills. For only humans have the ability to mentalize (or mind read), that is to perceive and communicate mental states, such as beliefs and desires. A key problem facing neuroscience is to uncover the biological mechanisms underlying our ability to read other minds and to show how these mechanisms evolved. To solve this problem we need to do experiments in which people (or animals) interact with one another rather than behaving in isolation. Such experiments are now being conducted in increasing numbers and many of the leading exponents of such experiments have contributed to this volume. The Neuroscience of Social Interaction takes on important step in uncovering the biological mechanisms underlying social interactions - undoubtedly one of the major programmes for neuroscience in the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198529262
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction, C D Frith & D M Wolpert
Biological motion: decoding social signals
1. Electrophysiology and brain imaging of biological motion, A Puce & D Perrett
2. Telelogical and referential understanding of action in infancy, G Csibra
3. Development and neurophysiology of mentalizing, U Frith & C D Frith
4. Mathematical modelling of animate and intentional motion, J Rittscher, A Blake, A Hoogs & G Stein
Mirror Neurons: Imitating the Behaviour of Others
5. What imitation tells us about social cognition: a rapprochement between developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience, A N Meltzoff & J Decety
6. Action generation and action perception in imitation: an instance of the ideomotor principle, A Wohlschlager, M Gattis & H Bekkering
7. The manifold nature of interpersonal relations: the quest for a common mechanism, V Gallese
8. Imitation as behaviour parsing, R W Byrne
9. Computational approaches to motor learning by imitation, S Schaal, A Ijspeert & A Billard
Mentalizing: Closing the Communication Loop
10. Detecting agents, S C Johnson
11. Facial expressions, their communicatory functions and neuro-cognitive substrates, R J R Blair
12. Models of dyadic social interaction, D Griffin & R Gonzalez
13. Dressing the mind properly for the game, D Sally
14. The unifying computational framework for motor control and social interaction, D M Wolpert, K Doya & M Kawato

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