Based on experiences, reputation or stereotypes, we make predictions about how people would behave in different scenarios. This is based on who we think or perceive other people to be (traits). We then, amongst other processes, attempt to predict the actions of others. For example if you experience someone to be aggressive towards you, based on a known or given trait, you might predict that they might harm you and so may avoid them (there are, ofcourse, a number of ways that scenario could go). The predictive process is a crucial part of social cognition and social adaption. We hypothesise that the cerebellum plays a crucial role in the processes underpinning prediction. Simpified, I set out to explore the role of the social cerebellum in prediction of action sequences based on known traits and interactive goals.
Frank Van Overwalle