Cognition, Social

Tal Shany-Ur*, K. P. Rankin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Social cognition involves the interpretation of social and emotional information, and regulation of behavioral choices. Once social information is perceived, a set of rapid emotion-driven mechanisms, which are subject to attitudes, biases, and personality traits, assign meaning and importance to this information, often evoking an emotional response. This integrates with acquired social knowledge and reflective, higher order reasoning about others' thoughts and intentions, resulting in accurate empathy and theory of mind. After social information is evaluated, executive and regulatory processes mediate the selection and enactment of an appropriate behavioral response. Each of these mechanisms and their underlying neurological substrates were described.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851574
ISBN (Print)9780123851581
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • Decision making
  • Emotion
  • Empathy
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Neuroanatomical correlates
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurology
  • Neuropeptides
  • Regulation
  • Social cognition
  • Social perception
  • Theory of mind


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