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lecture17 Social neuroscience Theory of Mind

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“Goldberg, you idiot! Don’t play tricks on those things - they can’t distinguish between ‘laughing with’ and laughing at’!” Lecture 17: Social Neuroscience Theory of Mind Psych 123 Cognitive Neuroscience
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Charles Darwin Natural Selection What can evolution tell us about human cognition & behavior? adaptive value
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“Would you be willing to:” David Buss study of male and female differences in social interactions
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The ability to self-reflect and think about the mental states of others. This allows predictions of what others think, and how they will interact and behave in a given situation. Specialized Brain Mechanisms for Theory of Mind
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Is Theory of Mind uniquely human? Specialized Brain Mechanisms for Theory of Mind
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Autism : lacking a theory of mind? Characteristics May or may not coincide with mental retardation. Displays indifference Parrots words Laughs and giggles inappropriately Does not make eye contact Does not play with other children Prefers sameness Does not pretend in playing Is one-sided in interactions Talks incessantly about one topic Spins objects Specialized Brain Mechanisms for Theory of Mind
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“The Glass Shell” Savant: special abilities A painting by Richard Wawro Autism : lacking a theory of mind? Specialized Brain Mechanisms for Theory of Mind
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“Anne-Marie was not shy: she was largely oblivious to people, and would sometimes actually avoid them, including, a lot of the times, her own mother. She drifted toward solitary spaces: the corners of a room, behind the curtains, behind the armchair. If I was
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