This scope pertains to non-life threatening interactions and the awareness of the presence of a single or multiple individuals - (not direct conversation, not group mentality) just the presence.
To what extent does the presence of others affect brain function, emotion and cognitive state?
What are the differences within the host that cause certain individuals to evoke stronger cognitive changes vs. those that evoke weaker changes?
What are the changes in state when one is completely sure nobody is around?
Are there any studies that measure this or show what a reasonable standard deviation would be for this phenomenon?
In addition, what are the factors that allow the host to completely block any changes in cognition regardless of the presence of others? (i.e. - higher serotonin, larger frontal cortex, etc?)