ELSC Heller Lecture Series
Heller Lecture Series in Computational Neuroscience
Prof. Gregory McCarthy
Department of Psychology, Yale University, USA
On the topic of:
The Social Brain: Perception, Motion and Emotion
To be successful social primates, humans must be able to recognize individual conspecifics and rapidly intuit their intentions, goals, and emotional states. Modern neuroscience methods have identified brain systems that appear to be specialized for different aspects of social behavior. Recent studies in humans will be described that used neuroimaging, electrophysiological recordings from subdural electrodes, and cortical stimulation to characterize brain systems engaged during an observerâ€™s perception of faces, bodies, emotional expressions, and movements of others, and by the attribution of intention to anotherâ€™s actions. These brain systems represent key components of the social brain.