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    Believing androids - fMRI activation in the right temporo-parietal junction is modulated by ascribing intentions to non-human agents

    Özdem, C. and Wiese, E. and Wykowska, A. and Muller, Hermann J. and Brass, M. and Van Overwalle, F. (2017) Believing androids - fMRI activation in the right temporo-parietal junction is modulated by ascribing intentions to non-human agents. Social Neuroscience 12 (5), pp. 582-593. ISSN 1747-0919.

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    Abstract

    Group Attributing mind to interaction partners has been shown to increase the social relevance we ascribe to others' actions and to modulate the amount of attention dedicated to them. However, it remains unclear how the relationship between higher-order mind attribution and lower-level attention processes is established in the brain. In this neuroimaging study, participants saw images of an anthropomorphic robot that moved its eyes left- or rightwards to signal the appearance of an upcoming stimulus in the same (valid cue) or opposite location (invalid cue). Independently, participants' beliefs about the intentionality underlying the observed eye movements were manipulated by describing the eye movements as under human control or preprogrammed. As expected, we observed a validity effect behaviorally and neurologically (increased response times and activation in the invalid vs. valid condition). More importantly, we observed that this effect was more pronounced for the condition in which the robot's behavior was believed to be controlled by a human, as opposed to be preprogrammed. This interaction effect between cue validity and belief was, however, only found at the neural level and was manifested as a significant increase of activation in bilateral anterior temporoparietal junction.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Attentional reorientating, TPJ, intentional stance, social mentalizing
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Hermann Muller
    Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2018 10:45
    Last Modified: 15 Jun 2018 10:45
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/21574

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