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Abstract of Self-projection and the brain, in Trends in Cognitive Science: When thinking about the future or the upcoming actions of another person, we mentally project ourselves into that alternative situation. Accumulating data suggest that envisioning the future (prospection), remembering the past, conceiving the viewpoint of others (theory of mind) and possibly some forms of […]

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Posted January 17, 2007 by Bernard J. Baars

 
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Abstract of Self-projection and the brain, in Trends in Cognitive Science:

When thinking about the future or the upcoming actions of another person, we mentally project ourselves into that alternative situation. Accumulating data suggest that envisioning the future (prospection), remembering the past, conceiving the viewpoint of others (theory of mind) and possibly some forms of navigation reflect the workings of the same core brain network. These abilities emerge at a similar age and share a common functional anatomy that includes frontal and medial temporal systems that are traditionally associated with planning, episodic memory and default (passive) cognitive states. We speculate that these abilities, most often studied as distinct, rely on a common set of processes by which past experiences are used adaptively to imagine perspectives and events beyond those that emerge from the immediate environment.



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    whit

    The link doesn’t seem to work. However going in through the
    http://www.hubmed.org front door, a link can be found to the abstract at http://www.sciencedirect.com/ – with the only option for reading the article being by payment of $30. If anyone has a link to a free (or more affordable) copy of the article, that would be much appreciated. If not, I’ll have to get to a library that carries Trends in Cognitive Sciences (is this commonly abbreviated Cognitive Science?). From the abstract, this is promising work.





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