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Brain-to-Brain coupling: A mechanism for creating and sharing a social world

Author(s): Hasson, Uri; Ghazanfar, Asif A.; Galantucci, Bruno; Garrod, Simon; Keysers, Christian

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Abstract: Cognition materializes in an interpersonal space. The emergence of complex behaviors requires the coordination of actions among individuals according to a shared set of rules. Despite the central role of other individuals in shaping our minds, most cognitive studies focus on processes that occur within a single individual. We call for a shift from a single-brain to a multi-brain frame of reference. We argue that in many cases the neural processes in one brain are coupled to the neural processes in another brain via the transmission of a signal through the environment. Brain-to-brain coupling constrains and simplifies the actions of each individual in a social network, leading to complex joint behaviors that could not have emerged in isolation.
Publication Date: Feb-2012
Citation: Hasson, Uri, Ghazanfar, Asif A., Galantucci, Bruno, Garrod, Simon, Keysers, Christian. (2012). Brain-to-Brain coupling: A mechanism for creating and sharing a social world. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16 (2), 114 - 121. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2011.12.007
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tics.2011.12.007
ISSN: 1364-6613
Pages: 114 - 121
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Version: Author's manuscript

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