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Elien Heleven

Postdoctoral researcher, Post-doctoral scientists


Dr. Helevens research involves the minimal conditions for mentalizing. She wants to investigate how the mentalizing system has developed a goal-inference capacity, independently from the mirror system. She does this by exploring the minimal conditions for mentalizing while observing goal-directed actions performed by objects. She is focusing on the temporo-parietal junction as the major brain area that is involved in this process.


Brain, Body, & Cognition Research Unit, VUB, Belgium