Left temporoparietal junction is necessary for representing someone else's belief

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Authors

Colleges, School and Institutes

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  • Behavioural Brain Sciences Centre

Abstract

A standard view in the neuroscience literature is that the frontal lobes sustain our ability to process others' mental states such as beliefs, intentions and desires (this ability is often referred to as having 'theory of mind'). Here we report evidence from brain-damaged patients showing that, in addition to involvement of the frontal lobes, the left temporoparietal junction is necessary for reasoning about the beliefs of others.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-500
Number of pages2
JournalNature Neuroscience
Volume7
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2004

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