Social cognition (1)
Professor Christian Keysers explains that social cognition is a widely used term to describe how people relate to each other.
So social cognition is a term is used quite broadly in the field to describe any kind of mental operation where the object of the operation is not just some inanimate object, but another human being. So for instance if I tried to understand whether my wife is happy or sad, that would be social cognition; if Iâ€™m trying to understand when Iâ€™m giving a talk whether Iâ€™m having a good impact on the audience, that would be social cognition. But also simply sitting at home and thinking what kind of research direction would be fascinating for the people in the future would be social cognition. So really a lot of the functions that make humans so successful, namely the capacity to cooperate with other people and to compete with other people, are intimately linked with social cognition.
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Professor Christian Keysers discusses the hypothesis linking autism, mirror neurons, and synaptic proteins.
Professor Christian Keysers discusses evidence that mirror neuron systems are necessary for processing emotions.
Professor Christian Keysers explains that information is processed by a number of different regions in the brain that are connected by circuits.
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Professor Christian Keysers discusses experiments associating mirror neurons with experiencing and witnessing emotion.
Professor Christian Keysers explains that mirror neurons can be found in many regions of the brain.
Professor Christian Keysers discusses the proposed association between autism and mirror neurons, a very hot topic in autism research.
Professor Christian Keysers explains that mirror neurons in the premotor cortex respond when we perform an action and also when we see someone else perform that action. This is similar to empathy.
Professor Christian Keysers explains the mirror neuron may be explained by the "what fires together, wires together" principle.
Professor Christian Keysers explains that because mirror neurons activate when we witness other people's actions and emotions, they may play an important role in feelings of empathy.