AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 2, 2018


Social Objects in the Brain

The study suggests that we experience symbolic objects as social entities

In a patient’s mind, objects can simply, just be objects. However, in certain situations, objects can be symbolic objects that have a specific social meaning tied to them. This could be due to their role in our lives or value that have. Road signs, national flags and wedding rings all have social meaning tied to them. They, along with others, have social significance. In a study by IMC researchers Kristian Tylen, RIccardo Fusaroli and Andreas Roepstorff, participants were studied to see if there were certain areas of the brain that were activated when a patient assigned some sort of social meaning to an object. “It is really interesting that brain areas associated with social interaction and reasoning are also active when our participants look at static, dead objects. It tells us that these objects have gained symbolic meaning through social interaction in the preceding group interventions.” To read more, click here.

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