Advancing the neuroscience of social emotions with social immersion

Behav Brain Sci. 2013 Aug;36(4):427-8. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X12001951.


Second-person neuroscience offers a framework for the study of social emotions, such as embarrassment and pride. However, we propose that an enduring mental representation of oneself in relation to others without a continuous direct social interaction is possible. We call this state "social immersion" and will explain its impact on the neuroscience of social emotions.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Mirror Neurons / physiology*
  • Social Perception*
  • Theory of Mind / physiology*