Journal article

A causal account of the brain network computations underlying strategic social behavior.

Christopher A Hill, Shinsuke Suzuki, Rafael Polania, Marius Moisa, John P O'Doherty, Christian C Ruff

Nat Neurosci | Published : 2017

Abstract

During competitive interactions, humans have to estimate the impact of their own actions on their opponent's strategy. Here we provide evidence that neural computations in the right temporoparietal junction (rTPJ) and interconnected structures are causally involved in this process. By combining inhibitory continuous theta-burst transcranial magnetic stimulation with model-based functional MRI, we show that disrupting neural excitability in the rTPJ reduces behavioral and neural indices of mentalizing-related computations, as well as functional connectivity of the rTPJ with ventral and dorsal parts of the medial prefrontal cortex. These results provide a causal demonstration that neural compu..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers