Brain-to-brain coupling: a mechanism for creating and sharing a social world

Hasson, U., Ghazanfar, A.A., Galantucci, B., Garrod, S. and Keysers, C. (2012) Brain-to-brain coupling: a mechanism for creating and sharing a social world. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16(2), pp. 114-121. (doi:10.1016/j.tics.2011.12.007)

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Abstract

Cognition materializes in an interpersonal space. The emergence of complex behaviors requires the coordination of actions among individuals according to a shared set of rules. Despite the central role of other individuals in shaping one's mind, most cognitive studies focus on processes that occur within a single individual. We call for a shift from a single-brain to a multi-brain frame of reference. We argue that in many cases the neural processes in one brain are coupled to the neural processes in another brain via the transmission of a signal through the environment. Brain-to-brain coupling constrains and shapes the actions of each individual in a social network, leading to complex joint behaviors that could not have emerged in isolation.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Garrod, Professor Simon
Authors: Hasson, U., Ghazanfar, A.A., Galantucci, B., Garrod, S., and Keysers, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Journal Name:Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1364-6613
ISSN (Online):1879-307X
Published Online:03 January 2012

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
449881Social interaction - a cognitive-neurosciences approachSimon GarrodEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)RES-060-25-0010INP - CENTRE FOR COGNITIVE NEUROIMAGING