Joseph P. McCleery, Andrew D. R. Surtees, Katharine A. Graham, John E.
Richards, and Ian A. Apperly
J. Neurosci. 2011;31 12849-12854
Neuroimaging and neuropsychological studies implicate both frontal and temporoparietal cortices when humans reason about the mental states of others. Here, we report an event-related potentials study of the time course of one such “theory of mind” ability: visual perspective taking. The findings suggest that posterior cortex, perhaps the temporoparietal cortex, calculates and represents the perspective of self versus other, and then, later, the right frontal cortex resolves conflict between perspectives during response selection.