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The neurocognitive development of social emotions and emotional egocentricity


Steinbeis,  Nikolaus
Department Social Neuroscience, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Steinbeis, N. (2014). The neurocognitive development of social emotions and emotional egocentricity. Talk presented at Department of Psychology. University of Vienna, Austria. 2014-05-01 - 2014-05-01.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0003-F2EA-4
In this talk I will present findings from two strands of developmental research. The first part will explore the development of overcoming egocentric tendencies when making judgments of others’ emotional states. I will present a series of newly developed paradigms suited to studying various types of emotional egocentricity in children, adults as well as patient populations. These studies suggest a unique role of right supramarginal gyrus in overcoming emotional egocentricity, given its pronounced connectivity with a network of regions involved in empathic judgments. The second part will focus on the development of social emotions such as envy and Schadenfreude. I will show that this depends critically on the development of more general emotion regulation abilities and provide tentative evidence for some evolutionary continuity of social emotions through comparative studies. I will close with a discussion of the role of domain-general processes in the development of social behavior.