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Tag: theory of mind

November 2014

Social brain is duped by fake personal interactions

by  /  17 November 2014

Believing that you’re involved in a live interaction, even when you’re not, is enough to activate the social brain, according to unpublished work presented today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

October 2014

Game tests theory of mind in autism, intellectual disability

by  /  7 October 2014

A simple game that requires few language skills may help researchers assess theory of mind in children who have autism and intellectual disability, a new study finds.

August 2014

Uta and Chris Frith: A partnership of the mind

by  /  28 August 2014

British psychologist Uta Frith has singlehandedly transformed our understanding of autism. In partnership with her husband, neuroimaging expert Chris Frith, she helped launch the field of cognitive neuroscience and shaped a generation of scientists.

June 2014

Clinical research: Extra X impairs awareness of others’ minds

by  /  13 June 2014

Girls and boys born with an extra X chromosome both tend to have difficulties understanding the minds of others, but for different reasons than children with autism do, according to a study published 22 March in Genes, Brain and Behavior.

April 2014

New tests extend prospects for ‘reading the mind in the eyes’

by  /  8 April 2014

Researchers have revamped a screen for ‘mind blindness’ — an impaired understanding of others’ intentions and perspectives — which is a key deficit in autism. The revised test may shed light on how autism develops.

March 2014

Cognition and behavior: Brain symmetry atypical in autism

by  /  28 March 2014

People with autism show diminished language activity in the left halves of their brains but otherwise show typical specialization between hemispheres, according to a study published 6 February in Molecular Autism.

November 2013

Cognition and behavior: No ‘mind blindness’ brain signature

by  /  22 November 2013

When people with autism consider scenarios that require them to infer others’ thoughts and beliefs, scans show no difference between their brain activation and that of controls, according to a study published 20 September in PLoS One.


Technique visualizes networks processing theory of mind

by  /  14 November 2013

Pairing brain imaging with simple videos that mimic social interactions can help pinpoint the brain regions responsible for inferring others’ thoughts. Researchers described this approach Sunday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.


Unconscious awareness of others’ thoughts shows in the brain

by  /  11 November 2013

People are unconsciously alert to what’s going on in the minds of others, and this activity can be traced to two specific regions of the brain, according to unpublished results presented Sunday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

September 2013

Eating aversion

by  /  10 September 2013

People with anorexia or bulimia have more traits of autism than do those in the general population, according to a study published 31 July in Molecular Autism.