Mind Melding: Understanding the Connected, Social Brain
[Source: Science Daily]
“Despite the fact that this is such a powerful learning mechanism, surprisingly little is known about how the human brain performs social learning,” says Victoria Leong, of the University of Cambridge. “When we connect neurally with others, we are opening ourselves to receiving information and influence from others.”
In a body of new work being presented at the CNS meeting, cognitive neuroscientists are starting to shed light on the social brain and new ways to study it. “We’re this massively social species and yet the field of neuroscience has focused on the brain in isolation,” says Thalia Wheatley of Dartmouth College, who is chairing a symposium on the topic at CNS. “There’s this huge gap in knowledge about how our brains work in concert with other minds.”
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