generalized from their study that ToM tasks in which one can perceive action in movements activate more ventral parts of the temporoparietal junction
(TPJ/pSTS) than tasks in which mental states or actions are only verbally described, which activate TPJ/IPL (FB vignettes).
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When part of her brain - the left temporoparietal junction
- was electrically stimulated, she talked about how she had encounters with a 'shadow person'.
Using brain scans, researchers found that people with supermemories had larger brain regions associated with memory, including the left temporoparietal junction
and the left posterior insula.
Furthermore, this group difference was related to diminished activity in the right temporoparietal junction
During the second stage, researchers saw more activity in the superior temporal sulcus (STS) and temporoparietal junction
(TPJ) regions of the brain.
The brain imaging data showed a strong correlation between sacred values and activation of the neural systems associated with evaluating rights and wrongs (the left temporoparietal junction
) and semantic rule retrieval (the left ventrolateral prefrontal cortex), but not with systems associated with reward.
Scientists have to date thought that the brain's "default network" - which is linked to easy, routine mental activity and includes the medial prefrontal cortex (PFC), the posterior cingulate cortex and the temporoparietal junction
- is the only part of the brain that is active while a person's mind wanders.