A critical foundation in social interaction is understanding the thoughts of others. The ability to capture and understanding others’ beliefs and intentions is termed social mentalizing. According to recent social neuroscience studies, the cerebellum also contributes to social mentalizing. One hypothetical explanation is that cerebellum is responsible for learning of other persons’ action sequences in order to understand their beliefs. Our daily life is characterized by sequential regularities, such as routine sequences of actions or thinking. Importantly, sometimes, people do not necessarily need to be aware of sequence in their social interactions in order to perform well and profit from it. The main aim of my research is to investigate how the cerebellum contributes to the implicit learning of sequence in social interactions involving another persons’ belief.
Frank Van Overwalle