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Sensorimotor Foundations of Higher
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Patrick Haggard

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231447

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231447.001.0001

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“What was I thinking?” Developmental and neural connections between theory of mind, memory and the self

“What was I thinking?” Developmental and neural connections between theory of mind, memory and the self

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Sensorimotor Foundations of Higher Cognition
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Rebecca Saxe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231447.003.0027

This chapter describes convergent evidence from developmental psychology and human neuroimaging for three claims concerning the developmental and neural connections between the theory of mind, memory, and the self. These claims include the existence of a cognitive and neural system specifically for explaining actions that is distinct from the motor system for acting and that this same system is used to generate explanations of our own and of others' actions. This chapter discusses the distinction between the sensorimotor mechanisms for planning, executing, and perceiving goal-directed actions, and the cognitive mechanisms for explaining actions in terms of mental states.

Keywords:   mind, memory, self, developmental psychology, neuroimaging, cognitive system, neural system, action, motor system, mental states

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