Mindblindness: An Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind / Edition 1

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Overview

In Mindblindness, Simon Baron-Cohen presents a model of the evolution and development of "mindreading." He argues that we mindread all the time, effortlessly,automatically, and mostly unconsciously. It is the natural way in which we interpret, predict, and participate in social behavior and communication. We ascribe mental states to people: states such as thoughts, desires, knowledge, and intentions.

Building on many years of research,Baron-Cohen concludes that children with autism, suffer from "mindblindness" as a result of a selective impairment in mindreading. For these children, the world is essentially devoid of mental things.

Baron-Cohen develops a theory that draws on data from comparative psychology, from developmental, and from neuropsychology. He argues that specific neurocognitive mechanisms have evolved that allow us to mindread, to make sense of actions, to interpret gazes as meaningful, and to decode "the language of the eyes."

A Bradford Book.

Learning, Development, and Conceptual Change series

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"Wow! in this lucid, compelling book Simon Baron-Cohen guides us deepinto the realm of the mind....This fascinating book captures theexcitment of an emerging field, and advances that field." Henry M. Wellman, University of Michigan
Henry M. Wellman
Wow! in this lucid, compelling book Simon Baron-Cohen guides us deep into the realm of the mind.... This fascinating book captures the excitment of an emerging field, and advances that field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262522250
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Series: Learning, Development, and Conceptual Change
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 660,120
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor in Developmental Psychopathology and Director of the AutismResearch Centre at the University of Cambridge, is the author of Mindblindness (MIT Press, 1997) and The Essential Difference: The Truth about the Male and FemaleMind.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Ch. 1 Mindblindness and Mindreading 1
Ch. 2 Evolutionary Psychology and Social Chess 9
Ch. 3 Mindreading: Nature's Choice 21
Ch. 4 Developing Mindreading: The Four Steps 31
Ch. 5 Autism and Mindblindness 59
Ch. 6 How Brains Read Minds 85
Ch. 7 The Language of the Eyes 97
Ch. 8 Mindreading: Back to the Future 121
Notes 145
References 153
Index 169
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