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The Neuroscience of Interpersonal Understanding

Poster Session VI - Board: VI-031
Saturday, May 23, 2009, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Golden Gate Exhibit Hall

Jamil Zaki
Columbia University

Jochen Weber
Columbia University

Niall P. Bolger
Columbia University

Kevin N. Ochsner
Columbia University

How do people communicate their affective states and understand those of others? Using fMRI, we demonstrated for the first time that accurate understanding of another’s emotions is dependent on brain regions from the mirror neuron system, as well as those involved in explicit appraisals about mental states.

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Gordon Bower