Ventral anterior cingulate cortex and social decision-making

Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2018 Sep;92:187-191. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2018.05.030. Epub 2018 Jun 7.


Studies in the field of social neuroscience have recently made use of computational models of decision-making to provide new insights into how we learn about the self and others during social interactions. Importantly, these studies have increasingly drawn attention to brain areas outside of classical cortical "social brain" regions that may be critical for social processing. In particular, two portions of the ventral anterior cingulate cortex (vACC), subgenual anterior cingulate cortex and perigenual anterior cingulate cortex, have been linked to social and self learning signals, respectively. Here we discuss the emerging parallels between these studies. Uncovering the function of vACC during social interactions could provide important new avenues to understand social decision-making in health and disease.

Keywords: Computational modeling; Empathy; Perigenual anterior cingulate cortex; Prediction error; Self-esteem; Social decision-making; Subgenual anterior cingulate cortex.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Mapping*
  • Decision Making / physiology*
  • Gyrus Cinguli / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*