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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2021, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (3): 472-480.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2021.00472

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The cognitive characteristics of and the brain mechanisms underlying social interaction processing from a third-person perspective

CHENG Yuhui, YUAN Xiangyong, JIANG Yi   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science, CAS Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China; Department of Psychology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China; Chinese Institute for Brain Research, Beijing 102206, China
  • Received:2020-05-14 Online:2021-03-15 Published:2021-01-27

Abstract: The ability to recognize and decipher social interaction of others from a third-person perspective is critical for our daily life. There are two cognitive characteristics accounting for the processing of social interaction: configural integrity and action contingency. A hierarchical neural basis underpins social interaction processing in which the person perception network, the action observation network and the mentalizing network are concurrently engaged, wherein the posterior superior temporal sulcus plays a crucial role. Future research needs to explore the heredity of social interaction, to elucidate its underlying cognitive and neural mechanism by combining various technological methods, and to focus on its application in real life.

Key words: social interaction, third-person perspective, configural processing, action contingency, brain mechanism

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