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5 - Cognizance of the Neuroimaging Methods for Studying the Social Brain

from Part I - Foundations



A key challenge in the study of the social brain resides not only in determining how psychological states and processes map onto patterns of brain activity but also how this activity is modulated by shared representations, social compositions and social behaviors. The past 20 years have seen the growth of neuroimaging methods for studying neural aspects of shared representations, embodied cognition and the social brain in normal, waking humans. We discuss the intimate relationship between theory and methods; we discuss a set of considerations to guide the interpretation or understanding of data from neuroimaging studies; and we discuss the importance of using converging methods to dissect the social brain.

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