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How social is error observation? The neural mechanisms underlying the observation of human and machine errors.
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PMID:  23314011     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Recently, it has been shown that the medial prefrontal cortex is involved in error execution as well as error observation. Based on this finding, it has been argued that recognizing each other's mistakes might rely on motor simulation. In the current fMRI study we directly tested this hypothesis by investigating whether medial prefrontal activity in error observation is restricted to situations that enable simulation. To this aim we compared brain activity related to the observation of errors that can be simulated (human errors) with brain activity related to errors that cannot be simulated (machine errors). We show that medial prefrontal activity is not restricted to the observation of human errors but also occurs when observing errors of a machine. In addition, our data indicate that the medial prefrontal cortex reflects a domain general mechanism of monitoring violations of expectancies.
Authors:
Charlotte Desmet; Eliane Deschrijver; Marcel Brass
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social cognitive and affective neuroscience     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1749-5024     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101288795     Medline TA:  Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University, Henri Dunantlaan 2, 9000 Ghent, Belgium, charlotte.desmet@Ugent.be.
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