NYSCF Innovator Discovers Brain Network for Interpreting Social Interactions
How primates, including humans, easily and effortlessly process social interactions such as playing, fighting and grooming has historically been shrouded in mystery. NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator Dr. Winrich Freiwald published his latest work in Science describing an exclusive brain region for social cognition. By studying the brain functions of monkeys as they watched videos using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Dr. Freiwald and his colleague at The Rockefeller University discovered that there is a dedicated network of neurons for social interaction processing in the primate brain. These findings may translate to aspects of human cognition and brain functioning.