theory of mind

One reason scientists believe autism spectrum disorder (ASD) causes impairment in social interactions is due to an inability to effectively infer other’s thoughts and feelings through “theory of mind,” or ToM. ToM referes to the ability to understand the mental states of others and oneself. An innovative brain imaging study has uncovered new evidence explaining… Read more

Children who are sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others are more popular on the playground, researchers at University of Queensland report. The study found that preschoolers and elementary school children who are good at identifying and responding to what others want, think, and feel are rated by their peers or teachers as being… Read more

The default mode network (DMN), also known as the default network, is a network of interacting brain regions known to have activity highly correlated with each other and distinct from other networks in the brain. The default mode network is most commonly shown to be active when a person is not focused on the outside… Read more

Peace begins with a smile, Mother Teresa once said. It may be true, but Spanish researchers have discovered how far this attention-grabbing expression confuses our emotion recognition and makes us perceive a face as happy, even if it is not. Human beings deduce others´ state of mind from their facial expressions. David Beltrán Guerrero, researcher… Read more