Doctoral thesis

Brain mechanisms of social conflict and action monitoring

ContributorsKoban, Léonie
Defense date2012-09-17

Flexible behavior requires monitoring of one's actions. Little is known about the brain mechanisms underlying behavioral control in social settings. Previous studies suggest that ‘social action monitoring' may depend on the integration of social cognition with conflict detection mechanisms. Our voxel-based meta-analysis demonstrates that anterior insula (AI) and dorsal mediofrontal cortex (dMFC) could be crucial for such integrative processing. Three experiments further tested this hypothesis, using fMRI and ERPs in two-person settings, where we manipulated interpersonal conflict, social relationship, agency, and social consequences of actions. Our results suggest a domain-general mechanism in dMFC for the detection of intrapersonal and ‘social conflict', whereas AI might generate an affective signal that guides subsequent adjustments. We conclude that social behavioral control depends on integration of conflict monitoring mechanisms with the accurate representation of agency and others' bodily and mental states.

  • fMRI
  • EEG
  • Social cognition
  • Action monitoring
  • Agency
  • Interpersonal conflict
NoteDiplôme commun des univ. de Genève et Lausanne. Doctorat en Neurosciences des Universités de Genève et de Lausanne
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KOBAN, Léonie. Brain mechanisms of social conflict and action monitoring. 2012. doi: 10.13097/archive-ouverte/unige:23268
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