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Mindreaders: The Cognitive Basis of "Theory of Mind"

Mindreaders: The Cognitive Basis of "Theory of Mind" (Hardback)

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Theory of mind, or "mindreading" as it is termed in this book, is the ability to think about beliefs, desires, knowledge and intentions. It has been studied extensively by developmental and comparative psychologists and more recently by neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists. This book is the first to draw together these diverse findings in an account of the cognitive basis of "theory of mind", and establishes the systematic study of these abilities in adults as a new field of enquiry. Apperly focuses on perceptions, knowledge and beliefs as paradigm cases of mindreading, and uses this as a basis from which more general lessons can be drawn. The book argues that an account of the cognitive basis of mindreading is necessary for making sense of findings from neuroscience and developmental and comparative psychology, as well as for understanding how mindreading fits more broadly into the cognitive system. It questions standard philosophical accounts of mindreading, and suggests a move away from the notion that it consists simply of having a "theory of mind".

This unique study into the cognitive basis of mindreading will be ideal reading for academics and advanced students from the diverse disciplines that have studied theory of mind in particular, and social cognition more generally.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyCognition & cognitive psychology Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 03/11/2010 ISBN-13: 9781841696973  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Ian Apperly is currently a Reader in Psychology at the University of Birmingham. He studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, and completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham.

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