Social Behavior: Theory of Mind

  • Sara M. SchaafsmaEmail author
  • Donald W. Pfaff
  • Robert P. Spunt
  • Ralph Adolphs
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The concept of how individuals perceive and comprehend the intentions of other individuals is presented and criticized. A road map toward the discovery of neural mechanisms for same is laid out in detail.


Social perception Empathy Temporoparietal junction Social brain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara M. Schaafsma
    • 1
    Email author
  • Donald W. Pfaff
    • 1
  • Robert P. Spunt
    • 2
  • Ralph Adolphs
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Neurobiology and BehaviorThe Rockefeller UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Division of Humanities and Social ScienceCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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