Theory of Mind: Specialized Capacity or Emergent Property? Perspectives from Non-human and Human Development: A Special Issue of the European Journal of Developmental Psychology

1st Edition

Elisabeth Sterck, Sander Begeer, Juliane Cuperus, Richard van Wezel

Psychology Press
Published November 8, 2010
Reference - 154 Pages
ISBN 9781848727311 - CAT# Y108556
Series: Special Issues of the European Journal of Developmental Psychology


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Theory of Mind, the cognitive capacity to attribute emotions, intentions and knowledge to oneself and others, has been claimed a hallmark of human cognition. Nonetheless, Theory of Mind is considered limited in young children and people with autism. Moreover, its presence in animals is much investigated, and hotly debated. Essential for cross-disciplinary discussions and real insight in this unique capacity is knowing what constitutes Theory of Mind. We aim to tackle this by combining insights from three different scientific fields that study Theory of Mind: animal behaviour, typical child development and developmental disorders such as autism and AD/HD.

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