The Interactive Practice of Mind

Edited by Shaun Gallager

in How the Body Shapes the Mind

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199271948
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603112 | DOI:
 The Interactive Practice of Mind

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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

Chapter.  16959 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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