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

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

by Simon Baron-Cohen
     
 

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

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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."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262522250
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Series:
Learning, Development, and Conceptual Change Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,379,018
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Ch. 1Mindblindness and Mindreading1
Ch. 2Evolutionary Psychology and Social Chess9
Ch. 3Mindreading: Nature's Choice21
Ch. 4Developing Mindreading: The Four Steps31
Ch. 5Autism and Mindblindness59
Ch. 6How Brains Read Minds85
Ch. 7The Language of the Eyes97
Ch. 8Mindreading: Back to the Future121
Notes145
References153
Index169

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