AUG 29, 2018 06:19 AM PDT

Understanding the Social Brain

In neuroscience, one of the main areas of the brain that is discussed and researched is the “social brain” but what is that, specifically? It’s about social cognition. Understanding and being able to infer cues about what is going on with other people around you. Humans are designed to be, essentially, “pack animals” that do best when they are around others. The interchange of being social and connecting with others is something most people are born knowing how to do. In some neurological conditions, the social part of the brain is disrupted. Social behavior, which includes processing social stimuli and being able to read facial expressions, speech intonations, and other clues, is processed in the pre-frontal cortex of the brain. This area is also responsible for impulse control, which is why children don’t often understand complex social situations. But eventually, children learn through social interaction and play.

In studies using infants between the ages of 9 and 12 months, researchers have found that learning is more natural for children when there is involvement with others. In one study, children who spent time, in person, with adults who spoke a language they were not previously exposed to, learned more by interacting with an actual person than children who watched DVDs of people speaking other languages. The children were still enthralled by the DVDs, as babies often are, but when it came to understanding and learning, in person experiences yielded more learning opportunities because the social brain needs that in-person interaction to learn and mature. 
 

About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
SEP 30, 2018
Microbiology
SEP 30, 2018
These Microscopic Things Elude Our Eyes Every Day
We take much of what we can see for granted, but if your eyes had the observational power of a microscope, you’d probably look at the world very diff...
OCT 09, 2018
Videos
OCT 09, 2018
Take-out doesn't have to be this way
I love take-out just as much as the next person, but there's something that gets to me every time I order in: the amount of single-use waste that comes...
OCT 12, 2018
Videos
OCT 12, 2018
Don't Mess With Microbes
Researchers demonstrate why antibiotics should not be used casually....
OCT 13, 2018
Videos
OCT 13, 2018
Why you shouldn't give a baby water
Did you know that babies shouldn't drink water before they are at least six months old? That's because, while human adults are composed of 55-60% w...
OCT 26, 2018
Cardiology
OCT 26, 2018
What Is Atherosclerosis Anyway
Atherosclerosis is the main contributing factor for coronary artery disease. Defined by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, atherosclerosis is a...
OCT 24, 2018
Videos
OCT 24, 2018
What are the Oilbirds?
The Oilbird (Steatornis caripensis) are practically bats except the fact that they are actually birds. More specifcially, they are a nocturnal frugivore in...
Loading Comments...