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Annabel Nijhof

Miss Annabel Nijhof

Research Fellow


King's College London

Research summary

In processing the world around us, as humans we are biased to process information that is relevant for ourselves. Also in interaction with others we have a bias to

focus more on our own intentions and emotions than on those of others. However, in order to, for example, feel empathetic for someone, or when we want to take

another person’s perspective, it can be very important to overcome this egocentric bias. The question of this project is: how we do this, and which brain regions allow

us to make this shift from self to other? Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder have difficulties with this shift, but just as we know little about how we override our

self-bias, we do not know the precise nature of the difficulty in ASD.

Because overcoming our egocentric bias is so essential in all everyday interactions, finding out exactly how we do this is what makes this project very

exciting. The fact that it will also allow us to learn more about ASD greatly increases its direct relevance to society.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Investigating the self in self-other control: the neural basis of (overcoming) egocentric bias

Scheme: Newton International Fellowships

Dates: Dec 2017 - Nov 2019

Value: £97,561.50

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