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

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Human beings have the unique ability to mentalize, that is to perceive and communicate mental states such as beliefs and desires. One of the key problems in science is to uncover the biological mechanisms underlying mentalizing and to show how these mechanisms evolved. The Neuroscience of Social Interactions is an important first step in uncovering the biological mechanisms underlying social interactions—undoubtedly one of the major programs for neuroscience in the 21st century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198529262
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • 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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