"For a long time, people have speculated that we use the same mechanisms to reason about other people as about our hypothetical selves," says Rebecca Saxe from MIT. "So this new study fits really well." Saxe should know. She was one of the first scientists to link the rTPJ to theory of mind-the ability to understand the mental states of other people.
Theory of mind is an important social-cognitive skill that involves the ability to think about mental states, both your own and those of others. It encompasses the ability to attribute mental states, including emotions, desires, beliefs, and knowledge.
We are usually told that daydreaming is a waste of time and mental power, but the ability to daydream offers us tremendous flexibility in our daily lives. The frequency with which we daydream suggests…
A recent study from the Neural Computation Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University explored the possible link between a lack of serotonin receptors in the brain and impulsive behaviors in mice.