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Understanding Other Minds


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Section 1: Theory of Mind: Development/Cognitive 1: Victoria Southgate: Early manifestations of mind reading 2: Andrew N. Meltzoff and Alison Gopnik: Learning about the Mind from Evidence: Children's development of intuitive theories of perception and personality 3: Henry M. Wellman and Candida C. Peterson: Theory of Mind, Development, and Deafness 4: Josef Perner and Johannes Roessler: Teleology: Belief as perspective 5: Ian Apperly: Can Theory of Mind Grow Up?: Mindreading in adults, and its implications for the development and neuroscience of mindreading 7: Peter Hobson and Jessica Hobson: Autism: Self and others 8: Liane Young and Adam Waytz: Mind attribution is for morality 9: David A. Kenny: Issues in the Measurement of Judgmental Accuracy Section 2: Theory of Mind: Neuroscience 10: Mark A. Sabbagh: EEG/ERP Studies of Theory of Mind 11: Jorie Koster-Hale and Rebecca Saxe: Functional Neuroimaging of Theory of Mind 12: Dana Samson and Caroline Michel: Theory of Mind: Insights from patients with acquired brain damage 13: Anat Perry and Simone Shamay-Tsoory: Understanding Emotional and Cognitive Empathy: A neuropsychological perspective 14: Jamil Zaki and Kevin Ochsner: Neural Sources of Empathy: An evolving story Section 3: Theory of Mind: Neural Mechanisms 15: Christian Keysers, Marc Thioux, and Valeria Gazzola: Mirror Neuron System and Social Cognition 16: Giacomo Rizzolatti and Maddalena Fabbir-Destro: The Mirror Mechanism: Understanding others from the inside 17: Markus Heinrichs, Frances S. Chen, and Gregor Domes: Social Neuropeptides in the Human Brain: Oxytocin and social behaviour 18: Bonnie Auyeung and Simon Baron-Cohen: Prenatal and Postnatal Testosterone Effects on Human Social and Emotional Behavior 19: Bhismadev Chakrabarti and Simon Baron-Cohen: Understanding the Genetics of Empathy and the Autistic Spectrum Section 4: Theory of Mind: Autism/Psychopathology/Neurological Disorders 20: Jennie Pyers and Peter A. de Villiers: Theory of Mind in Deaf Children: Illuminating the relative roles of language and executive functioning in the development of social cognition 21: James Blair and Stuart White: Social Cognition in Individuals with Psychopathic Tendencies 22: Antonia Hamilton and Lauren Marsh: Two Systems for Action Comprehension in Autism: Mirroring and mentalising 23: Peter Hobson and Jessica A. Hobson: Autism: Self and others 24: Julie Hadwin and Hanna Kovshoff: A review of theory of Mind Interventions for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Conditions Section 5: Theory of Mind: Comparative 25: Andrew Whiten: Culture and the Evolution of Interconnected Minds 26: Alvin Goldman and Lucy Jordan: Mindreading by Simulation: The roles of imagination and mirroring 27: Peter Carruthers: Mindreading the Self

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Understanding Other Minds was Highly Commended in the Psychiatry category of the BMA Book Awards 2014.

About the Author

Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinty College, Cambridge. He is Director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge. He holds degrees in Human Sciences from New College, Oxford, a PhD in Psychology from UCL, and an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He held lectureships in both of these departments before moving to Cambridge in 1994. He is author of Mindblindness (1995), The Essential Difference (2003), Prenatal Testosterone in Mind (2005), and Zero Degrees of Empathy (2011). He has edited a number of scholarly anthologies including Understanding Ohter Minds (1993, 2000, and 2013), Synaesthesia (1997), and The Maladapted Mind (1997). He has also written books for parents and teachers including Autism and Asperger Syndrome: The Facts (2008), and Teaching Children with Autism to Mindread (1999). He has celebrated art in autism in An Exact Mind (2004). Michael V. Lombardo received a BA from the University of California, Davis and PhD from the University of Cambridge. Soon after his PhD he took up a research fellowship from Jesus College, Cambridge and a postdoctoral research fellowship from the British Academy. Dr. Lombardo is currently a research associate and Director of MRI at the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. His interdisciplinary work focuses on understanding autism, self-referential and social cognition, human brain development, and the early effects that hormones have for programming later development. Helen Tager-Flusberg received her Bachelors in Science in Psychology from University College London, and her doctorate from Harvard University. From 1978 through 2001 she was a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts -Boston. From 1996 - 2001 she also held the position of Senior Scientist at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center/UMass Medical Center. Since 2001 Dr. Tager-Flusberg has been at Boston University in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Pediatrics at the School of Medicine and now as Professor of Psychology at Boston University, where she is the Director of the Autism Center of Excellence. Dr. Tager-Flusberg has conducted research on autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders investigating developmental changes in language and social cognition using behavioral and brain imaging methodologies.


Review from previous edition "...Understanding Other Minds is a well thought-out text, with all the chapter authors achieving a very high standard of excellent introduction for readers new to the area while also providing an important research synthesis for the more expert."Psychological Medicine" `There is no better way to keep up to date with research on Theory of Mind than through these state of the art reviews. Here, new voices are heard that brim with fresh ideas on how our mind can understand itself. This third volume of a now classic series is essential reading if you wish to keep abreast of a rapidly evolving area of developmental neuroscience.' Uta Faith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UK, July 2013

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