TB4 Lecture 2; Social Cognition 1

The objectives of this lecture are;

  • Brain-mind correspondence (consistency and specificity)
  • Self reference
  • Perception of non-verbal cues e.g face, biological motion, eye gaze
  • Social categorisation e.g impression formation
  • Mirror neurons
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1. What would be a good example of high consistency, low specificity?

  • The amygdala does not always respond to fearful stimuli, but it is only activated by them
  • The amygdala will not often activate in response to fearful stimuli and is also activated by lots of other emotions
  • The amygdala will always activate in response to fearful stimuli and also is activated by other emotions such as anger
  • The amygdala will always activate in response to fearful stimuli, and amygdala is specifically activated by fear and no other emotions
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2. In a single cell recording study, from which brain area did the eye-contact cell fire with mutual eye gaze? (Chimpanzees)

  • Right temporoparietal junction
  • Right posterior superior temporal sulcus
  • Amygdala (distributed across the entire amygdala)
  • Superior temporal sulcus

3. In biological motion, which brain area is activated by the movement of the eyes, mouth, hands and body?

  • Superior cingulate cortex
  • Superior temporal sulcus (STS)
  • Anterior cingulate cortex
  • Superior tempoparietal sulcus (STS)

4. What is self-reflective thought?

  • The ability to recognise somatic sensations as your own and not of the Other
  • The ability to have a distinction between the self and other resulting in the ability to perceive oneself as an object
  • Being able to pass the mark test by learning that it is not another person in the mirror

5. What is the best desription of a mirror neurons role of action?

  • They only fire when you perform an action someone has taught you for the first time (more robust if goal directed)
  • They fire both when you perform an action and watch someone else performing the same action (more robust when goal directed)
  • They only fire when you watch someone performing an action that you know how to perform
  • They are found most likely in premotor regions such as premotor cortex and middle temporal gyrus


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