How we think about other people’s thoughts

RTPJ is a special brain region that helps us think about other people’s thoughts.
It is late developing. It develops thru childhood and adolescence.
Pirate experiment with sandwich.
The pirate makes an honest mistake, but a 3 year old cannot see that. He should not be punished, but a 5 year old cannot see that. A 7 year old understands that the pirate didn’t mean to take the wrong sandwich and should not be punished.

RTPJ helps us judge the role of someone else, because we account of their state of mind as we perceive it. Sugar/poison experiment and using magnetic pulse to interfere with our judgment.

Funny Greenspan quote: “I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant”

You gotta love cute neuroscientists 😉



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