Demystifying social cognition: a Hebbian perspective

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Abstract

For humans and monkeys, understanding the actions of others is central to survival. Here we review the physiological properties of three cortical areas involved in this capacity: the STS, PF and F5. Based on the anatomical connections of these areas, and the Hebbian learning rule, we propose a simple but powerful account of how the monkey brain can learn to understand the actions of others by associating them with self-produced actions, at the same time discriminating its own actions from those of others. As this system appears also to exist in man, this network model can provide a framework for understanding human social perception.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-507
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume8
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004

Keywords

  • TEMPORAL POLYSENSORY AREA
  • MOTION SENSITIVE CELLS
  • PREMOTOR CORTEX
  • MACAQUE MONKEY
  • RHESUS-MONKEY
  • ACTION RECOGNITION
  • BIOLOGICAL MOTION
  • MIRROR NEURONS
  • REPRESENTATION
  • PARIETAL

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