Journal article

[Social decision-making and theoretical neuroscience: prospects for human sciences and computational psychiatry].

Hiroyuki Nakahara, Shinsuke Suzuki

Brain Nerve | Published : 2013


Learning to predict others' minds is critical for social cognition, but the underlying computation and neural mechanisms remains largely unknown. According to theories in social cognition, a simple conception is that humans simulate others' mental processes by directly recruiting one's own process to model others' minds. In this review, we first describe our recent finding and discuss its possible implications. Using human fMRI with model-based analysis on frameworks of reinforcement learning and value-based decision making, we found that simulation involves two hierarchical learning signals: a reward prediction error, generated by simulation of direct recruitment to model others' valuation,..

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