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"Hey John": Signals conveying communicative intention toward the self activate brain regions associated with "mentalizing," regardless of modality

Kampe, KKW; Frith, CD; Frith, U; (2003) "Hey John": Signals conveying communicative intention toward the self activate brain regions associated with "mentalizing," regardless of modality. Journal of Neuroscience , 23 (12) pp. 5258-5263. 10.1523/jneurosci.23-12-05258.2003. Green open access

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Abstract

Successful communication between two people depends first on the recognition of the intention to communicate. Such intentions may be conveyed by signals directed at the self, such as calling a person's name or making eye contact. In this study we use functional magnetic resonance imaging to show that the perception of these two signals, which differ in modality and sensory channel, activate common brain regions: the paracingulate cortex and temporal poles bilaterally. These regions are part of a network that has been consistently activated when people are asked to think about the mental states of others. Activation of this network is independent of arousal as measured by changes in pupil diameter.

Type: Article
Title: "Hey John": Signals conveying communicative intention toward the self activate brain regions associated with "mentalizing," regardless of modality
Identifier: PMID:12832550
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1523/jneurosci.23-12-05258.2003
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/6242
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