Neural Correlates of Intentional Communication

@article{Noordzij2010NeuralCO,
  title={Neural Correlates of Intentional Communication},
  author={Matthijs Leendert Noordzij and Sarah Newman-Norlund and Jan Peter de Ruiter and Peter Hagoort and Stephen C. Levinson and Ivan Toni},
  journal={Frontiers in Neuroscience},
  year={2010},
  volume={4}
}
We know a great deal about the neurophysiological mechanisms supporting instrumental actions, i.e., actions designed to alter the physical state of the environment. In contrast, little is known about our ability to select communicative actions, i.e., actions directly designed to modify the mental state of another agent. We have recently provided novel empirical evidence for a mechanism in which a communicator selects his actions on the basis of a prediction of the communicative intentions that… 

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