Dr. Steve Chang Ph.D.
Psychology and Neuroscience
Kavli Institute for Neuroscience
“Coupling between the anterior cingulate cortex and the amygdala in primate social cognition”
How do we interact with others? Social interactions are characterized by a dynamic and contingent series of behaviors between at least two individuals. Experiments involving real-life interactions aimed at better simulating natural social behaviors may help elucidate the mechanisms underlying social cognition. In this talk, I will first discuss our recent finding on oscillatory coordination between the anterior cingulate cortex and amygdala that is associated with other-regarding (compared to self-regarding) preference toward a conspecific. Further, I will discuss how focal manipulations of the neuropeptide oxytocin influences this inter-regional coupling for other-regarding preference. Finally, I will discuss the neural basis of interactive gaze dynamics between pairs of macaques from the perspectives of local coding and inter-regional coordination.