Brain Mechanisms for Social Perception:

Kevin Pelphrey and Sarah Shultz

in People Watching

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195393705
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979271 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Series in Visual Cognition

Brain Mechanisms for Social Perception:

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The levels of social impairment experienced by different individuals with autism spectrum disorder strongly correlate with the degrees of dysfunction within each individual’s superior temporal sulcus (STS), a key region in social perception, in general, and in the perception of biological motion, in specific. From a developmental perspective, while STS responsiveness becomes increasingly selective for human movement in typical children, observers with autism show less selective tuning. Brain imaging research is reviewed that supports an interactive development model of the social brain and social perception.

Keywords: autism; autism spectrum disorder; genetic etiology; phenotypic expression; superior temporal sulcus (sts); functional magnetic resonance imaging (fmri); social perception; social brain network

Chapter.  8724 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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