The drive to make sense
One of my current preoccupations is sense-making, the drive that people have to make sense of things, so I am always on the look-out for more information about it. I was therefore delighted to find this piece from Leonhard Schilbach http://semioticon.com/semiotix/2015/02/toward-social-neuroscience/ about how human beings make sense of each other, especially how we do that during social interaction.
Two neural networks
It seems that we have two distinct neural networks which help us make sense of other people:
- Mirror neurons which we use to make sense of other people based on our own understanding of ourselves; and
- A Mentalising Network where we have a ‘third person’ grasp of other people’s mental states.