Social cognition, the amygdala, and autism

[Speaker] Adolphs, Ralph:1
1:California Institute of Technology (United States of America)

Social cognition encompasses a range of processes, from social attention to face perception to "theory of mind". Our work at Caltech attempts to understand the neural systems behind these processes by making comparisons: across the different processes, across methods, across clinical populations, and even across species. My talk will focus on the role of the amygdala, and will cover neuroimaging, lesion and single-unit electrophysiological studies. I will argue that the amygdala flexibly represents stimulus saliency and serves a fundamentally attentional role that is dysfunctional in autism spectrum disorder.
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