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The neural basis of social cognition  

This project will examine the neural mechanisms of basic social cognition in humans and macaques by recording unisensory and multisensory responses elicited to social and non-social stimuli. The study will include cross-species neural responses to visual, auditory, and combined audiovisual stimulation. Apparent motion activation tasks depicting combined facial expressions and associated non-verbal vocalizations will be studied. Understanding how the healthy primate brain processes social information is important to understanding the biological bases for the social communication disorders (e.g., Asperger's syndrome, autism, schizophrenia), where severe impairments occur in reading social information from others. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $325,651.00
Project Number 7R01NS049436-04
Principal Investigator Puce, Aina
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Strategic Plan Objective 2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Indiana University
State/Country Indiana
Web Link 1 The neural basis of social cognition (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects The neural basis of social cognition | $325,412.00 | 2008 | R01NS049436-03
The neural basis of social cognition | $305,233.00 | 2010 | 5R01NS049436-05