Carleton Author

Neiworth, Julie J.

Department

Psychology

Journal Title

Current Directions in Psychological Science

Publication Date

2009

First Page

143

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Last Page

147

File Name

075_Neiworth-Julie_HowSocialAwarenessEvolved.pdf

Keywords

social awareness, tamarins, mirror neurons, evolution

Abstract

—Humans seem unique in their consideration of others’ goals, motivations, intentions, and needs. But the human form of social awareness did not spring from nowhere; certain mechanisms shared across primates formed the foundation from which these processes derived. A review of recent nonhuman primate research points to particular ancestral mechanisms, including an interest in images moving in synchrony with self, a mirror neuron system that responds in the same way to actions made by the self and by others, and inherited social tolerance that provided the bases for social thinking. Still there is a gap in tracking social awareness from these basic beginnings to the ability to think about self and other with respect to intentions and goals. Comparative and clinical work will fill in this gap and will map brain processes onto social thinking.

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Yellow

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Yes

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Yes (12 month embargo)

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No

Contributing Organization

Carleton College

Type

Article

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

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Psychology Commons

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