The Neural and Cognitive Time Course of Theory of Mind

Joseph McCleery, Andrew Surtees, Katharine Graham, JE Richards, Ian Apperly

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Neuroimaging and neuropsychological studies implicate both frontal and temporoparietal cortices when humans reason about the mental states of others. Here, we report an event-related potentials study of the time course of one such "theory of mind" ability: visual perspective taking. The findings suggest that posterior cortex, perhaps the temporoparietal cortex, calculates and represents the perspective of self versus other, and then, later, the right frontal cortex resolves conflict between perspectives during response selection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12849-12854
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of Neuroscience
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2011


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