Theory of mind emotion and the brain brain regions involved in intention based emotion attribution katrin dhnel on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers theory of mind tom defines the ability to understand other peoples behaviour and emotions by understanding their mental states such as beliefs or intentions in . While attribution of intention the box marking the brain regions associated with theory of mind include the superior temporal gyrus sts the temporoparietal junction tpj the medial prefrontal cortex mpfc the precuneus and the amygdala the reduced activity in the mpfc of individuals with schizophrenia is associated with the theory of mind deficit and may explain impairments in . Lobe based and voxel based analysis confirmed that tasks requiring interpretation of emotions and intentions at more basic less mentalized levels tasks 1 and 2 were more affected by temporo insular lesions with emotion recognition task 1 being maximally impaired by anterior temporal and amygdala lesions and task 2 found to be a basic theory of mind task involving only limited . In addition while lack of selectivity of brain regions such as the tpj is problematic for modularity theories because modularity theories postulate dedicated neural architecture it is not a strike against theory theory which is neutral with respect to whether the same neural system could be recruited for different purposes
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