A team of researchers at The Rockefeller University has discovered promising indications pertaining to the origins of a brain’s ability to perceive what others are thinking about. This theory of mind, the ability to understand other’s intention and predict their behavior, has been built around the identification of areas in the brain that are strictly dedicated to the analysis of social interactions. Over the centuries, humanity has developed neural circuitry that helps in understanding of the functioning of brain, but now researchers have managed to detect the exact nerves that do it.
Rhesus Monkeys Reveal Wealth of Information
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used by the researchers to detect the parts in rhesus monkeys that process social interactions. Monkeys resemble human in lots of ways, and scientists managed to scan their brains and tracked their gaze for formulate the study. While a significant chunk of videos showed inanimate objects enticing actions, others revealed macaques interacting when monkeys were allowed to play with those inanimate objects.
With the analysis of fMRI data, scientists have managed to determine exactly which portions of the brain reciprocates to social or physical interactions. Researchers also got confirmation of their anticipation that brain responds selectively to different visual shapes, such as bodies, faces, and objects.
Social Interactions Reserve Special Portion of Brain
One of the most interesting finding of the study was the detection of addition areas of the brain, distinct from those face-and body-selective areas, that deal with social interactions. Researchers have detected the portion of brain that responds to social function, otherwise remaining silent.