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Agent-Specific Responses in the Cingulate Cortex During Economic Exchanges

Tomlin, Damon and Kayali, M. Amin and King-Casas, Brooks and Anen, Cedric and Camerer, Colin F. and Quartz, Steven R. and Montague, P. Read (2006) Agent-Specific Responses in the Cingulate Cortex During Economic Exchanges. Science, 312 (5776). pp. 1047-1050. ISSN 0036-8075.

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Interactions with other responsive agents lie at the core of all social exchange. During a social exchange with a partner, one fundamental variable that must be computed correctly is who gets credit for a shared outcome; this assignment is crucial for deciding on an optimal level of cooperation that avoids simple exploitation. We carried out an iterated, two-person economic exchange and made simultaneous hemodynamic measurements from each player's brain. These joint measurements revealed agent-specific responses in the social domain (“me” and “not me”) arranged in a systematic spatial pattern along the cingulate cortex. This systematic response pattern did not depend on metrical aspects of the exchange, and it disappeared completely in the absence of a responding partner.

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Additional Information:© 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Received for publication 31 January 2006. Accepted for publication 24 April 2006. This work was supported by the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine (P.R.M.), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant DA11723 (P.R.M.), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke grant NS045790 (P.R.M.), National Institute of Mental Health grant MH52797 (P.R.M.), NIDA grant DA14883 (G. Berns), the Angel Williamson Imaging Center (P.R.M.), The Kane Family Foundation (P.R.M.), The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (S.R.Q. and C.F.C.), and The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (S.R.Q. and C.F.C.). P.R.M. also acknowledges support from the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ) during completion of this work. We thank the Hyperscan Development Team at Baylor College of Medicine for Network Experiment Management Object (NEMO) software implementation ( and G. Berns for early discussions and efforts leading to the development of hyperscanning. We also thank C. Bracero, A. Harvey, S. Flaherty, J. McGee, K. Pfeiffer, R. Pruitt, and S. Gleason for technical assistance.
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