The role of social cognition in emotion

Trends Cogn Sci. 2008 Feb;12(2):65-71. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2007.11.010.


Although recent research has shown that social cognition and emotion engage overlapping regions of the brain, few accounts of this overlap have been offered. What systems might be commonly or distinctively involved in each? The close functional relationship between social cognition and emotion might be understood in terms of a central role for mental state attribution in the understanding, learning and regulation of emotion. In each of these cases, mental state attributions might be supported by either stimulus-driven or more reflective processes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Affect*
  • Cognition*
  • Functional Laterality / physiology
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Nerve Net / physiology
  • Social Perception*