Research Fellows Directory
Miss Annabel Nijhof
King's College London
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.
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