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Understanding Other MindsPerspectives from developmental social neuroscience$
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Simon Baron-Cohen, Michael Lombardo, and Helen Tager-Flusberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199692972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692972.001.0001

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Theory of mind

Theory of mind

Insights from patients with acquired brain damage

(p.164) Chapter 10 Theory of mind
Understanding Other Minds

Dana Samson

Caroline Michel

Oxford University Press

The ability to understand other people’s minds is surprisingly vulnerable to brain damage. It can be compromised in various neurological disorders and following damage to various brain areas. Interestingly, the difficulties that the patients encounter point to considerable heterogeneity in the origin of their impairments. The aim of this chapter is to discuss what this heterogeneity tells us about the building blocks of our ability to understand other people’s minds, and what it tells us about the nature of the knowledge and processes involved in this ability in relation to high-order functions such as executive function and language.

Keywords:   theory of mind, perspective taking, self-perspective inhibition, social knowledge

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