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Tag: Social Cognition

A Dynamic Structure of Social Trait Space

Published in: Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Volume 22, Issue 3, 197-200 Abstract “Facial appearance evokes robust impressions of other people’s personality traits. Recent research suggests that the trait space arising from face-based impressions shifts due to context and social cognitive factors. We suggest a novel framework in which multiple bottom-up and top-down processes mutually determine a dynamic rather than fixed trait space.” Written by: Ryan M. Stolier, Eric Hehman, Jonathan B. Freeman For full text:

Modeling the Predictive Social Mind

Published in: Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Volume 22, Issue 3, 201-212 Abstract “We propose a multilayered framework consisting of two hidden layers – traits and states –and one observable layer – actions. This framework address two key challenges in social cognition: organizing social knowledge efficiently, and using it for social prediction. fMRI, combined with advanced analytic techniques such as representational similarity analysis and encoding models, offers a way to reveal the dimensional structure organizing each layer of social cognition. Three dimensions – rationality, social impact, and valence – organize the layer of mental states, while three dimensions – power, sociality,… Read More

Emotion recognition associated with polymorphism in oxytocinergic pathway gene ARNT2

Published in: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Volume 13, Issue 2, 173-181 Abstract “The ability to correctly understand the emotional expression of another person is essential for social relationships and appears to be a partly inherited trait. The neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin have been shown to influence this ability as well as face processing in humans. Here, recognition of the emotional content of faces and voices, separately and combined, was investigated in 492 subjects, genotyped for 25 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in eight genes encoding proteins important for oxytocin and vasopressin neurotransmission. The SNP rs4778599 in the gene encoding aryl hydrocarbon… Read More