|Title / Titel||Neural development of perspective taking in preadolescent children.|
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|Summary / Zusammenfassung||Since the beginning of this century neuroscience methods have been applied to investigate social competence in adult subjects. These studies have revealed brain regions that are recruited when we ‘put ourselves in another person’s shoes’ to represent his or her knowledge or experience (taking a third-persons perspective) as compared to our knowledge or experience. We take a third person’s perspective, for instance when we try to appreciate what another person thinks about a particular topic or feels in a given situation. Taking a third-person perspective, as opposed to a first-person has been associated with brain activation in the inferior parietal cortex, the medial posterior cortex (posterior cingulate and precuneus) and the medial prefrontal cortex [1-4]. Despite the remarkable results from neuroscientific research on perspective taking in adults little has been done so far to explore the neuronal development of these functions in normal achieving children.
Given that neurodevelopment studies indicate that parietal and prefrontal areas are not fully mature until early adulthood, and brain imaging studies in adults report an involvement of these brain areas in perspective taking we hypothesize that perspective taking still becomes increasingly efficient beyond childhood.
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|Keywords / Suchbegriffe||Social cognition, perspective taking, fMRI, children, development, empathy|
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GE-Health Care research fund
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|Duration of Project / Projektdauer||Aug 2005 to Dec 2008|