Understanding the intentions behind man-made products elicits neural activity in areas dedicated to mental state attribution.

@article{Steinbeis2009UnderstandingTI,
  title={Understanding the intentions behind man-made products elicits neural activity in areas dedicated to mental state attribution.},
  author={Nikolaus Steinbeis and Stefan Koelsch},
  journal={Cerebral cortex},
  year={2009},
  volume={19 3},
  pages={619-23}
}
Trying to understand others is the most pervasive aspect of successful social interaction. To date there is no evidence on whether human products, which signal the workings of a mind in the absence of an explicit agent, also reliably engage neural structures typically associated with mental state attribution. By means of functional magnetic resonance imaging the present study shows that when subjects believe they are listening to a piece of music that was written by a composer (i.e., human… CONTINUE READING
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