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The neural basis of social cognition  

This research will study the neural mechanisms of basic social cognition in humans and macaques by recording unisensory and multisensory responses elicited to social and non-social stimuli. Researchers will examine 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.


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $325,412.00
Project Number R01NS049436-03
Principal Investigator Puce, Aina
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 West Virginia University
State/Country West Virginia
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History/Related Projects The neural basis of social cognition | $325,651.00 | 2009 | 7R01NS049436-04
The neural basis of social cognition | $305,233.00 | 2010 | 5R01NS049436-05