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Listening to humans walking together activates the social brain circuitry.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18633834     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Human footsteps carry a vast amount of social information, which is often unconsciously noted. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, we analyzed brain networks activated by footstep sounds of one or two persons walking. Listening to two persons walking together activated brain areas previously associated with affective states and social interaction, such as the subcallosal gyrus bilaterally, the right temporal pole, and the right amygdala. These areas seem to be involved in the analysis of persons' identity and complex social stimuli on the basis of auditory cues. Single footsteps activated only the biological motion area in the posterior STS region. Thus, hearing two persons walking together involved a more widespread brain network than did hearing footsteps from a single person.
Miiamaaria V Saarela; Riitta Hari
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social neuroscience     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1747-0927     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Neurosci     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-11-07     Completed Date:  2009-04-08     Revised Date:  2009-12-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101279009     Medline TA:  Soc Neurosci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  401-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Acoustic Stimulation / methods
Auditory Perception / physiology*
Brain / anatomy & histology,  blood supply,  physiology*
Brain Mapping*
Functional Laterality
Hearing / physiology*
Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods
Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
Oxygen / blood
Rest / physiology
Young Adult
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