Other Minds

How Humans Bridge the Divide between Self and Others

Edited by Bertram F. Malle and Sara D. Hodges

January 8, 2007
ISBN 9781593854683
Price: $39.00
354 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"
Copyright Date: 2005

One of the great challenges of social cognitive science is to understand how we can enter, or “read,” the minds of others—that is, infer complex mental states such as beliefs, desires, intentions, and emotions. This book brings together leading scholars from psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy to present cutting-edge theories and empirical findings on this essential topic. Written in an engaging, accessible style, the volume examines the cognitive processes underlying mindreading; how interpersonal understanding and empathy develop across the lifespan; connections to language, communication, and relationships; and what happens when mindreading fails, in both normal and clinical populations.