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  1. Miriam De Boer, Ivan Toni & Roel M. Willems (2013). What Drives Successful Verbal Communication? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7.
    There is a vast amount of potential mappings between behaviours and intentions in communication: a behaviour can indicate a multitude of different intentions, and the same intention can be communicated with a variety of behaviours. Humans routinely solve these many-to-many referential problems when producing utterances for an Addressee. This ability might rely on social cognitive skills, for instance, the ability to manipulate unobservable summary variables to disambiguate ambiguous behaviour of other agents (“mentalizing”) and the drive to invest resources into changing (...)
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  2. Mark Blokpoel, Marlieke van Kesteren, Arjen Stolk, Pim Haselager, Ivan Toni & Iris Van Rooij (2012). Recipient Design in Human Communication: Simple Heuristics or Perspective Taking? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 6.
    Humans have a remarkable capacity for tuning their communicative behaviors to different addressees, a phenomenon also known as recipient design. It remains unclear how this tuning of communicative behavior is implemented during live human interactions. Classical theories of communication postulate that recipient design involves perspective taking, i.e., the communicator selects her behavior based on her hypotheses about beliefs and knowledge of the recipient. More recently, researchers have argued that perspective taking is computationally too costly to be a plausible mechanism in (...)
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  3. Rogier B. Mars, Franz-Xaver Neubert, MaryAnn P. Noonan, Jerome Sallet, Ivan Toni & Matthew F. S. Rushworth (2012). On the Relationship Between the “Default Mode Network” and the “Social Brain”. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 6.
    The default mode network (DMN) of the brain consists of areas that are typically more active during rest than during active task performance. Recently however, this network has been shown to be activated by certain types of tasks. Social cognition, particularly higher-order tasks such as attributing mental states to others, has been suggested to activate a network of areas at least partly overlapping with the DMN. Here, we explore this claim, drawing on evidence from meta-analyses of functional MRI data and (...)
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  4. Inge Volman, Matthijs L. Noordzij & Ivan Toni (2012). Sources of Variability in Human Communicative Skills. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 6.
    When established communication systems cannot be used, people rapidly create novel systems to modify the mental state of another agent according to their intentions. However, there are dramatic inter-individual differences in the implementation of this human competence for communicative innovation. Here we characterize psychological sources of inter-individual variability in the ability to build a shared communication system from scratch. We consider two potential sources of variability in communicative skills. Cognitive traits of two individuals could independently influence their joint ability to (...)
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  5. Iris van Rooij, Johan Kwisthout, Mark Blokpoel, Jakub Szymanik, Todd Wareham & Ivan Toni (2011). Intentional Communication: Computationally Easy or Difficult? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 5.
    Human intentional communication is marked by its flexibility and context sensitivity. Hypothesized brain mechanisms can provide convincing and complete explanations of the human capacity for intentional communication only insofar as they can match the computational power required for displaying that capacity. It is thus of importance for cognitive neuroscience to know how computationally complex intentional communication actually is. Though the subject of considerable debate, the computational complexity of communication remains so far unknown. In this paper we defend the position that (...)
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  6. Jan Peter De Ruiter, Matthijs L. Noordzij, Sarah Newman-Norlund, Roger Newman-Norlund, Peter Hagoort, Stephen C. Levinson & Ivan Toni (2010). Exploring the Cognitive Infrastructure of Communication. Interaction Studies 11 (1):51-77.
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  7. Sarah E. Newman-Norlund, Matthijs L. Noordzij, Roger D. Newman-Norlund, Inge A. C. Volman, Jan Peter de Ruiter, Peter Hagoort & Ivan Toni (2009). Recipient Design in Tacit Communication. Cognition 111 (1):46-54.
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  8. Matthijs L. Noordzij, Sarah E. Newman-Norlund, Jan Peter De Ruiter, Peter Hagoort, Stephen C. Levinson & Ivan Toni (2009). Brain Mechanisms Underlying Human Communication. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 3:14.
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  9. Roel M. Willems, Ivan Toni, Peter Hagoort & Daniel Casasanto (2009). Body-Specific Motor Imagery of Hand Actions: Neural Evidence From Right- and Left-Handers. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 3:39-39.
    If motor imagery uses neural structures involved in action execution, then the neural correlates of imagining an action should differ between individuals who tend to execute the action differently. Here we report fMRI data showing that motor imagery is influenced by the way people habitually perform motor actions with their particular bodies; that is, motor imagery is ‘body-specific’ (Casasanto, 2009). During mental imagery for complex hand actions, activation of cortical areas involved in motor planning and execution was left-lateralized in right-handers (...)
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  10. Floris P. De Lange, Ole Jensen, Markus Bauer & Ivan Toni (2008). Interactions Between Posterior Gamma and Frontal Alpha/Beta Oscillations During Imagined Actions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2.
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