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Read Montague discusses the recent evolution in studying the human brain in his social interaction keynote. Thanks to “Functional MRI”—functional magnetic resonance imaging—scientists can now healthily eavesdrop on and study the brain activity of living humans. This technology serves the particular function of studying the brain while engaging in an interaction with other individuals and is enabling scientists to unearth fascinating and important information.
One of the most interesting discoveries is the idea that our minds depend on other people, and that who we are as individuals is expressed in other people. It is often hard to know who you are until you see yourself interact with other people.
This social interaction keynote introduces a new technology that is well on its way revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain.