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Description - Mindblindness by Simon Baron-Cohen

This text presents a model of the evolution and development of "mindreading". It argues that we mindread all the time, automatically and, for the most part, unconsciously. It is the natural way in which we interpret, predict and participate in social behaviour and communication. People ascribe mental states to other people, states such as thoughts, desires, knowledge and intentions. Building on many years of research, the author 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, developmental and 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262522250
ISBN-10: 026252225X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Pages: 198
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Simon Baron-Cohen

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

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