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Social Neuroscience

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Advances in Understanding Mentalizing: Exploring Neurobiological and Behavioral Perspectives Across Diverse Populations

Abstract deadline
01 July 2024

Manuscript deadline
31 August 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Agnieszka Pluta, Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw
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Karolina Golec-Staśkiewicz, Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw
[email protected]

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Advances in Understanding Mentalizing: Exploring Neurobiological and Behavioral Perspectives Across Diverse Populations

Understanding the intricate processes involved in reading and interpreting the minds of others, known as mentalizing or theory of mind (ToM), has been a longstanding pursuit in the fields of psychology and neuroscience. The ability to infer and understand the goals, intentions, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions of others is fundamental for adaptive social interactions and navigating the complexities of human relationships. Mentalizing encompasses a diverse array of cognitive functions and elucidating its neural underpinnings has proven to be a challenging endeavor. The aim of this special issue is to bring together cutting-edge research that advances our understanding of mentalizing in diverse samples from both behavioral and neurobiological perspectives. This approach will explore the multifaceted nature of mind-reading processes and mechanisms, ranging from the understanding of biological motion to belief attribution.

Recent technological advancements have opened up new avenues for investigating the neural basis of mentalizing with unprecedented precision and depth. These advancements have enabled researchers to study previously inaccessible populations, such as young children, and to study other samples in innovative ways. For example, there is considerable variability in mentalizing abilities, with some individuals demonstrating superior mind-reading skills compared to others. This variability extends to both clinical and non-clinical samples across the lifespan, offering opportunity to explore the neural and cognitive bases of individual differences in mentalizing. Investigating associations to cognition, affect, environmental influences and developmental experiences may provide valuable insights into the neurodevelopmental trajectories and underlying mechanisms of mentalizing in neurodiverse and typical populations. To this end an objective of this Special Issue is to broaden our understanding of the interplay between the social brain and social cognition with a particular focus on the mentalizing abilities.

This encompasses a broad spectrum of approaches, including, but not limited to:

  • Neuroimaging - such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Psychophysiological Measures
  • Computational Cognitive Modelling
  • Machine Learning
  • Typical and atypical populations
  • Lifespan Aging and developmental trajectories

Submission Instructions

We welcome submissions across a range of different article types:

  • Research Papers, 
  • Short Reviews/Commentary, 
  • Brief Reports
  • Abstracts for consideration should be sent direct to the Guest Editors:  Agnieszka Pluta at [email protected], or Karolina Golec at [email protected]

Each submission will undergo a rigorous peer-review process, ensuring that accepted papers contribute substantially to the field's knowledge base. For detailed manuscript preparation instructions and submission guidelines, please refer to "Instructions  for Authors”.

If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact any one of the Guest Editors:

Agnieszka Pluta, PhD, University of Warsaw, Poland ([email protected])

Karolina Golec-Staśkiewicz, MA, University of Warsaw, Poland ([email protected])

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