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The social brain in adolescence
  • S. Blakemore
  • Psychology, Biology
    Nature Reviews Neuroscience
  • 1 April 2008
Bringing together two relatively new and rapidly expanding areas of neuroscience — social neuroscience and the study of brain development during adolescence — will increase the understanding of how the social brain develops during adolescence.
Development of the adolescent brain: implications for executive function and social cognition.
Adolescence is a time of considerable development at the level of behaviour, cognition and the brain. This article reviews histological and brain imaging studies that have demonstrated specific
Central cancellation of self-produced tickle sensation
FMRI examination of neural responses when subjects experienced a tactile stimulus that was either self-produced or externally produced suggests that the cerebellum is involved in predicting the specific sensory consequences of movements, providing the signal used to cancel the sensory response to self-generated stimulation.
Somatosensory activations during the observation of touch and a case of vision-touch synaesthesia.
The results suggest that, in C, the mirror system for touch is overactive, above the threshold for conscious tactile perception.
Neural processing associated with cognitive and affective Theory of Mind in adolescents and adults.
The specificity of the mPFC/vmPFC response during affective ToM supports evidence from lesion studies suggesting that vmPFC may integrate affective information during ToM, and the differential neural response in VMPFC between adult and adolescent groups indicates developmental changes in affective toM processing.
From the perception of action to the understanding of intention
Evidence that biological motion is processed as a special category, to which humans from an early age attribute mental states such as intention is reviewed, to support the idea that the brain is a powerful simulating machine, designed to extract intentions from the motion and to predict the future actions of other animate beings.
Abnormalities in the awareness of action
Spatio-Temporal Prediction Modulates the Perception of Self-Produced Stimuli
It is proposed that the extent to which self-produced tactile sensation is attenuated is proportional to the error between the sensory feedback predicted by an internal forward model of the motor system and the actual sensory feedback produced by the movement.