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How the Body Shapes the Mind$
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Shaun Gallagher

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271948

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199271941.001.0001

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The Interactive Practice of Mind

The Interactive Practice of Mind

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(p.206) 9 The Interactive Practice of Mind
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How the Body Shapes the Mind
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Shaun Gallager
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199271941.003.0010

Intersubjectivity, social cognition, or the problem of other minds — these are terms in different disciplines for the same problem: how does one understand other people —how does one grasp their intentions? Theory of mind approaches to this problem are themselves problematic. This chapter develops a critical approach to theory of mind and points out important problems with “theory theory” and “simulation theory” accounts. It also develops an alternative interactive account based on phenomenology and developmental research on young infants. It suggestsintersubjectivity, social cognition, theory of mind, simulation, autism, central coherence, primary intersubjectivity, secondary intersubjectivity, false-belief tests, mirror neurons that this interactive approach can contribute to a more comprehensive account of autism, a condition in which social cognition fails.

Keywords:   intersubjectivity, social cognition, theory of mind, simulation, autism, central coherence, primary intersubjectivity, secondary intersubjectivity, false-belief tests, mirror neurons

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