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Brain region for understanding minds

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  • Ian Pitchford
    BBC NEWS ONLINE Thursday, 1 February, 2001, 13:44 GMT Brain region for understanding minds Researchers in Canada say that our ability to understand the
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      BBC NEWS ONLINE
      Thursday, 1 February, 2001, 13:44 GMT
      Brain region for understanding minds

      Researchers in Canada say that our ability to understand the thoughts of other
      people - to some times "read between the lines" - appears to be generated by a
      single region in the brain.

      And they say this discovery may therefore hold part of the explanation for what
      makes us "human". Understanding what other people are thinking is one of the
      qualities that sets human beings apart from other primates.

      It enables us to socialise by feeling sympathy for others, appreciating humour
      or understanding when someone else is being sarcastic or deceptive.

      Dr Donald Stuss, director of the Rotman Research Institute, Toronto, and
      colleagues say these higher cognitive functions seem to be directed from a
      region of the brain about the size of a billiard ball, at the front of the head
      in an area called the frontal lobes.

      Full text:
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1148000/1148415.stm
      Audio - Dr Donald Stuss
      This area of the brain is important in high-level human functions
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1145000/audio/_1148415_brainpkge06_stuss.ram
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