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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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Mindreading the self

Mindreading the self

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(p.467) Chapter 26 Mindreading the self
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Understanding Other Minds
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Peter Carruthers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692972.003.0026

This chapter contrasts two different kinds of account of our knowledge of our own thoughts. According to standard theories, self-knowledge of at least a subset of thoughts is direct and non-interpretive. According to the alternative, which will be elaborated and defended here, self-knowledge results from turning our mindreading capacities on ourselves, relying on the same sensory channels that we employ for other-knowledge and utilizing many of the same sensory cues.

Keywords:   autism, confabulation, dissociation, dual-method, interpretation, introspection, metacognition, mindreading, schizophrenia, self-knowledge

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