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The studies presented in this video show that a focus on social interaction in neuroscience helps to examine the neural mechanisms that are at work in human brains during social interaction. Using a combination of fMRI and eye-tracking, the brain activity during social interaction is observed. As LEONHARD SCHILBACH explains, intact brain mechanisms reward social interaction and thus evoke intrinsic motivation. The new method can help to understand the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders and to make progress in their treatment.


Leonhard Schilbach is the Head of the Clinic for Disorders of Social Interaction, Consultant Psychiatrist and Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany as well as a consultant psychiatrist and lecturer at the Medical Faculty of the University of Cologne, Germany. His major research interests are social neuroscience where he uses experiments and other empirical approaches to explore how human beings understand and make sense of each other.
For his research Schilbach has been awarded the Hans-Heimann-Prize from the German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN) and the Barbara-Wengeler-Prize.


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Original publication

Toward a Second-Person Neuroscience

Schilbach Leonhard, Bente Gary, Vogeley Kai, Timmermans Bert, Reddy Vasudevi, Costall Alan and Schlicht Tobias
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Published in 2013

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