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dc.contributor.authorKampis, Dora
dc.contributor.authorParise, Eugenio
dc.contributor.authorCsibra, Gergely
dc.contributor.authorKovács, Ágnes Melinda
dc.date.available2022-03-29T09:36:33Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn0962-8452
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.1683
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14018/13584
dc.description.abstractA major feat of social beings is to encode what their conspecifics see, know or believe. While various non-human animals show precursors of these abilities, humans perform uniquely sophisticated inferences about other people’s mental states. However, it is still unclear how these possibly human-specific capacities develop and whether preverbal infants, similarly to adults, form representations of other agents’ mental states, specifically metarepresentations. We explored the neurocognitive bases of eight-month-olds’ ability to encode the world from another person’s perspective, using gamma-band electroencephalographic activity over the temporal lobes, an established neural signature for sustained object representation after occlusion. We observed such gammaband activity when an object was occluded from the infants’ perspective, as well as when it was occluded only from the other person (study 1), and also when subsequently the object disappeared, but the person falsely believed the object to be present (study 2). These findings suggest that the cognitive systems involved in representing theworld from infants’ own perspective are also recruited for encoding others’ beliefs. Such results point to an early-developing, powerful apparatus suitable to deal with multiple concurrent representations, and suggest that infants can have a metarepresentational understanding of other minds even before the onset of language.
dc.description.urihttp://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/282/1819/20151683
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsCC BY 4.0
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectGeneral Agricultural and Biological Sciences
dc.subjectGeneral Environmental Science
dc.subjectGeneral Immunology and Microbiology
dc.subjectGeneral Biochemistry
dc.subjectGenetics and Molecular Biology
dc.subjectGeneral Medicine
dc.subjectInfant cognitive development
dc.subjectObject (philosophy)
dc.subjectTheory of mind
dc.subjectPsychology
dc.subjectSocial cognition
dc.subjectCommunication
dc.subjectBusiness
dc.subjectMetarepresentation
dc.subjectRepresentation (systemics)
dc.subjectComprehension
dc.subjectCognitive psychology
dc.subjectPerspective (graphical)
dc.subjectInfant cognitive development
dc.subjectSocial cognition
dc.subjectObject representation
dc.subjectTheory of mind
dc.subjectMetarepresentation
dc.titleNeural signatures for sustaining object representations attributed to others in preverbal human infants
dc.typeJournal article
dc.source.journaltitleProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
dc.source.volume282
dc.source.issue1819
dc.source.spage1
dc.source.epage8
refterms.dateFOA2022-03-29T09:36:33Z
dc.contributor.unitDepartment of Cognitive Science
dc.identifier.urlhttp://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/282/1819/20151683


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