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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

Section 2 Neural systems and mechanisms

Section 3 Psychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and neurological disorders

Section 4 Comparative and philosophical perspectives

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