Are People Special? A Brain’s Eye View
This chapter considers the question of what it means for social perception and cognition to be special, and whether there are psychological processes and neural structures that are specialized for social perception and cognition. It illustrates how the human brain treats other people as special visual categories. There are visual regions selective for faces, bodies, and biological motion, and these are functionally specialized for processing visual cues that underpin our abilities to perceive and understand other peoples' states and traits, intentions, and actions. Such abilities depend on a complex interaction of these regions of occipital and temporal cortices with a number of other cortical and subcortical structures, in a way that we are only just beginning to understand.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.