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Social Brain Anatomy
Jeffrey S. Anderson, MD, PhD
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Imaging Anatomy

  • Overview

    • Anatomy Relationships

      • Posterior Superior Temporal Sulcus

        • Medial Prefrontal

          • Posterior Cingulate/Precuneus

            • Temporoparietal Junction

              • Anterior Insula

                • Anterior (Mid) Cingulate

                  • Amygdala

                    • Fusiform Gyrus

                      • Anterior Temporal Pole

                        • Orbitofrontal Cortex

                          • Left Inferior Frontal Gyrus

                            • Intraparietal Sulcus

                              • Hypothalamus/Neurohypophysis

                                Clinical Implications

                                • Clinical Importance

                                  Selected References

                                  1. Domes G et al: Effects of intranasal oxytocin on the neural basis of face processing in autism spectrum disorder. Biol Psychiatry. 74(3):164-71, 2013
                                  2. Bernhardt BC et al: The neural basis of empathy. Annu Rev Neurosci. 35:1-23, 2012
                                  3. Frith CD et al: Mechanisms of social cognition. Annu Rev Psychol. 63:287-313, 2012
                                  4. Gotts SJ et al: Fractionation of social brain circuits in autism spectrum disorders. Brain. 135(Pt 9):2711-25, 2012
                                  5. Kennedy DP et al: The social brain in psychiatric and neurological disorders. Trends Cogn Sci. 16(11):559-72, 2012
                                  6. Lahnakoski JM et al: Naturalistic FMRI mapping reveals superior temporal sulcus as the hub for the distributed brain network for social perception. Front Hum Neurosci. 6:233, 2012
                                  7. Mars RB et al: On the relationship between the "default mode network" and the "social brain". Front Hum Neurosci. 6:189, 2012
                                  8. Beauchamp MS: Biological motion and multisensory integration: the role of the superior temporal sulcus. In Adams R et al: The Science of Social Vision. New York: Oxford University Press. 409, 2011
                                  9. Tsapkini K et al: The function of the left anterior temporal pole: evidence from acute stroke and infarct volume. Brain. 134(Pt 10):3094-105, 2011
                                  10. Ross LA et al: Social cognition and the anterior temporal lobes. Neuroimage. 49(4):3452-62, 2010
                                  11. Adolphs R: The social brain: neural basis of social knowledge. Annu Rev Psychol. 60:693-716, 2009
                                  12. Guastella AJ et al: A randomized controlled trial of intranasal oxytocin as an adjunct to exposure therapy for social anxiety disorder. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 34(6):917-23, 2009
                                  13. Van Overwalle F: Social cognition and the brain: a meta-analysis. Hum Brain Mapp. 30(3):829-58, 2009
                                  14. Blakemore SJ: The social brain in adolescence. Nat Rev Neurosci. 9(4):267-77, 2008
                                  15. Frith CD et al: Social cognition in humans. Curr Biol. 17(16):R724-32, 2007
                                  16. Olson IR et al: The enigmatic temporal pole: a review of findings on social and emotional processing. Brain. 130(Pt 7):1718-31, 2007
                                  17. Gallese V et al: A unifying view of the basis of social cognition. Trends Cogn Sci. 8(9):396-403, 2004
                                  18. Kanwisher N et al: The fusiform face area: a module in human extrastriate cortex specialized for face perception. J Neurosci. 17(11):4302-11, 1997
                                  19. Baron-Cohen S et al: Does the autistic child have a "theory of mind"? Cognition. 21(1):37-46, 1985
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                                  Imaging Anatomy

                                  • Overview

                                    • Anatomy Relationships

                                      • Posterior Superior Temporal Sulcus

                                        • Medial Prefrontal

                                          • Posterior Cingulate/Precuneus

                                            • Temporoparietal Junction

                                              • Anterior Insula

                                                • Anterior (Mid) Cingulate

                                                  • Amygdala

                                                    • Fusiform Gyrus

                                                      • Anterior Temporal Pole

                                                        • Orbitofrontal Cortex

                                                          • Left Inferior Frontal Gyrus

                                                            • Intraparietal Sulcus

                                                              • Hypothalamus/Neurohypophysis

                                                                Clinical Implications

                                                                • Clinical Importance

                                                                  Selected References

                                                                  1. Domes G et al: Effects of intranasal oxytocin on the neural basis of face processing in autism spectrum disorder. Biol Psychiatry. 74(3):164-71, 2013
                                                                  2. Bernhardt BC et al: The neural basis of empathy. Annu Rev Neurosci. 35:1-23, 2012
                                                                  3. Frith CD et al: Mechanisms of social cognition. Annu Rev Psychol. 63:287-313, 2012
                                                                  4. Gotts SJ et al: Fractionation of social brain circuits in autism spectrum disorders. Brain. 135(Pt 9):2711-25, 2012
                                                                  5. Kennedy DP et al: The social brain in psychiatric and neurological disorders. Trends Cogn Sci. 16(11):559-72, 2012
                                                                  6. Lahnakoski JM et al: Naturalistic FMRI mapping reveals superior temporal sulcus as the hub for the distributed brain network for social perception. Front Hum Neurosci. 6:233, 2012
                                                                  7. Mars RB et al: On the relationship between the "default mode network" and the "social brain". Front Hum Neurosci. 6:189, 2012
                                                                  8. Beauchamp MS: Biological motion and multisensory integration: the role of the superior temporal sulcus. In Adams R et al: The Science of Social Vision. New York: Oxford University Press. 409, 2011
                                                                  9. Tsapkini K et al: The function of the left anterior temporal pole: evidence from acute stroke and infarct volume. Brain. 134(Pt 10):3094-105, 2011
                                                                  10. Ross LA et al: Social cognition and the anterior temporal lobes. Neuroimage. 49(4):3452-62, 2010
                                                                  11. Adolphs R: The social brain: neural basis of social knowledge. Annu Rev Psychol. 60:693-716, 2009
                                                                  12. Guastella AJ et al: A randomized controlled trial of intranasal oxytocin as an adjunct to exposure therapy for social anxiety disorder. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 34(6):917-23, 2009
                                                                  13. Van Overwalle F: Social cognition and the brain: a meta-analysis. Hum Brain Mapp. 30(3):829-58, 2009
                                                                  14. Blakemore SJ: The social brain in adolescence. Nat Rev Neurosci. 9(4):267-77, 2008
                                                                  15. Frith CD et al: Social cognition in humans. Curr Biol. 17(16):R724-32, 2007
                                                                  16. Olson IR et al: The enigmatic temporal pole: a review of findings on social and emotional processing. Brain. 130(Pt 7):1718-31, 2007
                                                                  17. Gallese V et al: A unifying view of the basis of social cognition. Trends Cogn Sci. 8(9):396-403, 2004
                                                                  18. Kanwisher N et al: The fusiform face area: a module in human extrastriate cortex specialized for face perception. J Neurosci. 17(11):4302-11, 1997
                                                                  19. Baron-Cohen S et al: Does the autistic child have a "theory of mind"? Cognition. 21(1):37-46, 1985