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Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

September 2008, Vol. 20, No. 9, Pages 1557-1564
(doi: 10.1162/jocn.2008.20118)
© 2008 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dissociation between Decoding and Reasoning about Mental States in Patients with Theory of Mind Reasoning Impairments
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Abstract

Theory of mind (ToM) reasoning may involve a multiplicity of processes, including an initial stage, where cues relevant for social processes are detected and decoded, and a mentalizing stage, where the decoded information is used to reason about mental states. Here we report that the processing of lower-order facial cues relevant to social judgments can be relatively spared in patients with impaired ToM reasoning. We discuss the implications for understanding the mechanisms underlying social judgments in brain-lesioned patients.