Elien Heleven


The Person in the Brain

Elien Heleven (Supervisor: Frank Van Overwalle)

The brain of monkeys, primates and humans has evolved according to its own logic: these species had to learn to live together in large groups with a complex cooperation. To achieve this goal, better and larger brains were needed, that could remember their most reliable collaborators or most dangerous adversaries. Where is this knowledge about agents located in the brain? Is this knowledge encoded in the brain for known as well as unknown agents? Are there also knowledge codes for the traits that agents possess? What are other characteristics that we encode and remember about other agents?

Research themes

The social brain