Intuition and autism: a possible role for Von Economo neurons

@article{Allman2005IntuitionAA,
  title={Intuition and autism: a possible role for Von Economo neurons},
  author={John Allman and Karli K. Watson and Nicole A. Tetreault and Atiya Y. Hakeem},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
  year={2005},
  volume={9},
  pages={367-373}
}
Von Economo neurons (VENs) are a recently evolved cell type which may be involved in the fast intuitive assessment of complex situations. As such, they could be part of the circuitry supporting human social networks. We propose that the VENs relay an output of fronto-insular and anterior cingulate cortex to the parts of frontal and temporal cortex associated with theory-of-mind, where fast intuitions are melded with slower, deliberative judgments. The VENs emerge mainly after birth and increase… Expand
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