The person playing the employee must decide whether to do their work

Anyone who has played a competitive game knows their own actions are affected by their opponent's moves. A baseball pitcher, for instance, might start throwing curveballs if he thinks the batter is ready for a fastball. Now, researchers in Switzerland have identified the part of the brain that's involved in those calculations — the place where our "theory of mind" gets worked out. MasterofProject

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a simple strategy game, the scientists found that an area called the right temporoparietal junction, or rTPJ, (located toward the back and side of the head, behind the right ear) becomes active when people try to figure out another person's beliefs and possible actions. The rTPJ connects two regions of the brain: one area that allows us to imagine other people's mental states (the theory of mind), and another that governs our sense of value, or how important that information is.

The finding could help researchers "probe deeper into disorders where the person has deficits in theory of mind," Christopher Hill, a doctoral student at the University of Zurich and the lead author of the study, told Live Science. Some people on the autism spectrum have this kind of problem, he said.
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