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Coin, telephone, and handcuffs: Neural correlates of social knowledge of inanimate objects
Lin, Nan1,2; Xu, Yangwen3,4; Wang, Xiaoying5,6; Yang, Huichao5,6; Du, Menglin7,8; Hua, Huimin1,2; Li, Xingshan1,2
First AuthorLin, Nan
Correspondent Emaillinn@psych.ac.cn (n. lin)
2019-10-01
Source PublicationNEUROPSYCHOLOGIA
ISSN0028-3932
SubtypeArticle
Volume133Pages:14
Contribution Rank1
Abstract

A variety of objects are made to serve social functions. The use of these objects has greatly enriched and expanded our social behaviors. How do our brains represent the social knowledge of inanimate objects such as coins, telephones, and handcuffs? According to a recent version of the grounded theory, social knowledge of inanimate objects might be grounded in the mentalizing network, as the social functions of inanimate objects are closely associated with the intentions of the people using them. However, there is also evidence that the mentalizing network may only get activated when a human/mental agent is detected. Using fMRI, we explored the neural correlates of social knowledge of inanimate objects by comparing the brain activation evoked by high-sociality object nouns (e.g., banknote) with that evoked by low-sociality object nouns (e.g., battery). The left anterior superior temporal sulcus, a classic part of the mentalizing network, showed higher activation for the high-sociality inanimate object nouns than for the low-sociality ones in the whole-brain analysis. Several other areas of the mentalizing network showed sensitivity to object sociality in small volume correction and/or region-of-interest analyses. Our findings indicate that social knowledge of inanimate objects is supported by brain areas in the mentalizing network.

KeywordSocial concept Object concept Mentalizing Word comprehension fMRI
DOI10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2019.107187
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding OrganizationNatural Science Foundation of China ; CAS Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science
Funding ProjectNatural Science Foundation of China[31300842] ; Natural Science Foundation of China[31571125] ; CAS Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science
WOS Research AreaBehavioral Sciences ; Neurosciences & Neurology ; Psychology
WOS SubjectBehavioral Sciences ; Neurosciences ; Psychology, Experimental
WOS IDWOS:000493915600018
PublisherPERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
WOS KeywordTEMPORAL CORTEX ; BRAIN ; MIND ; SYSTEMS ; REPRESENTATION ; NETWORKS ; SUPPORT ; PEOPLE ; IMPACT ; NOUNS
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/30766
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorLin, Nan
Affiliation1.Inst Psychol, CAS Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Dept Psychol, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.Univ Trento, Ctr Mind Brain Sci CIMeC, I-38123 Trento, Italy
4.Int Sch Adv Studies SISSA, I-34136 Trieste, Italy
5.Beijing Normal Univ, Natl Key Lab Cognit Neurosci & Learning, Beijing 100875, Peoples R China
6.Beijing Normal Univ, IDG McGovern Inst Brain Res, Beijing 100875, Peoples R China
7.South China Normal Univ, Sch Psychol, Guangdong Prov Key Lab Mental Hlth & Cognit Sci, Guangzhou 510631, Guangdong, Peoples R China
8.South China Normal Univ, Sch Psychol, Ctr Studies Psychol Applicat, Guangzhou 510631, Guangdong, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Behavioral Science, CAS
Corresponding Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Behavioral Science, CAS
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Lin, Nan,Xu, Yangwen,Wang, Xiaoying,et al. Coin, telephone, and handcuffs: Neural correlates of social knowledge of inanimate objects[J]. NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA,2019,133:14.
APA Lin, Nan.,Xu, Yangwen.,Wang, Xiaoying.,Yang, Huichao.,Du, Menglin.,...&Li, Xingshan.(2019).Coin, telephone, and handcuffs: Neural correlates of social knowledge of inanimate objects.NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA,133,14.
MLA Lin, Nan,et al."Coin, telephone, and handcuffs: Neural correlates of social knowledge of inanimate objects".NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA 133(2019):14.
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