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Simulating Minds: The Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience of Mindreading

Alvin I. Goldman


How people assign mental states to others and how they represent or conceptualize such states in the first place are topics of interest to philosophy of mind, developmental psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. Three competing answers to the question of how people impute mental states to others have been offered: by rationalizing, by theorizing, or by simulating. Simulation theory says that mindreaders produce mental states in their own minds that resemble, or aim to resemble, those of their targets; these states are then imputed to, or projected onto, the targets. In low-level mindreading, ... More

Keywords: emotions, empathy, imagination, introspection, mental concepts, mirror systems, mindreading, rationalizing, simulating, theorizing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195138924
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195138929.001.0001


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Alvin I. Goldman, author
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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