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Understanding Other Minds: Perspectives from developmental social neuroscience

Simon Baron-Cohen, Michael Lombardo, and Helen Tager-Flusberg


This book comprises 26 exciting chapters by internationally renowned scholars, addressing the central psychological process separating humans from other animals: the ability to imagine the thoughts and feelings of others, and to reflect on the contents of our own minds-a “theory of mind” (ToM). The four sections of the book cover developmental, cultural, and neurobiological approaches to ToM across different populations and species. The chapters explorethe earliest stages of development of ToMin infancy, and how plastic ToM learning is; why 3-year-olds typically fail false belief tasks and how ... More

Keywords: theory of mind, empathy, developmental psychology, moral judgment, the self, false belief, fmri, ERP, brain damage, autism, deafness, schizophrenia, psychopathy, oxytocin, testosterone, genetics, mirror neurons, primatology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199692972
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692972.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Baron-Cohen, editor
Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Director, Autism Research Centre, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, UK

Michael Lombardo, editor
Research Associate, Autism Research Centre, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, UK

Helen Tager-Flusberg, editor
Department of Psychology, Boston University, USA

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Section 1 Development and cognition

Chapter 2 Learning about the mind from evidence

Andrew N. Meltzoff, and Alison Gopnik

Chapter 3 Teleology

Johannes Roessler, and Josef Perner

Chapter 4 Theory of mind, development, and deafness

Henry M. Wellman, and Candida C. Peterson

Chapter 6 Mind attribution is for morality

Liane Young, and Adam Waytz

Section 2 Neural systems and mechanisms

Chapter 9 Functional neuroimaging of theory of mind

Jorie Koster-Hale, and Rebecca Saxe

Chapter 10 Theory of mind

Dana Samson, and Caroline Michel

Chapter 11 Understanding emotional and cognitive empathy

Anat Perry, and Simone Shamay-Tsoory

Chapter 12 Empathy and the brain

Cade McCall, and Tania Singer

Chapter 13 Neural sources of empathy

Jamil Zaki, and Kevin Ochsner

Chapter 14 Mirror neuron system and social cognition

Christian Keysers, Marc Thioux, and Valeria Gazzola

Chapter 15 The mirror mechanism

Giacomo Rizzolatti, and Maddalena Fabbri-Destro

Chapter 16 Social neuropeptides in the human brain

Markus Heinrichs, Frances S. Chen, and Gregor Domes

Section 3 Psychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and neurological disorders

Chapter 19 Theory of mind in deaf children

Jennie Pyers, and Peter A. de Villiers

Chapter 22 Autism

Peter R. Hobson, and Jessica A. Hobson

Section 4 Comparative and philosophical perspectives

Chapter 25 Mindreading by simulation

Alvin I. Goldman, and Jordan C. Lucy

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