Theory of Mind: Development in Children, Brain Mechanisms and Social Implications


Elizabeth Sherwood (Editor)

Series: Perspectives on Cognitive Psychology
BISAC: PSY008000

We live at the dawn of a revolution in human interrelatedness. Technological advancements in communication demand interrelatedness not only with family, friends and colleagues but also with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn connections. Perhaps this demand has contributed to the resurgence of efforts toward unity across social divisions toward social justice. But even as forces for solidarity are at work in the world, forces against solidarity threaten our existence and some forces work both for and against solidarity.

One such force is the very nature of our humanity and in particular the role of theory of mind (ToM) in our moral lives. Theory of mind is a term defining the ability of any animal to attribute mental states to itself and others, and to understand that conspecifics have beliefs, desires and intentions; and also that these may be different from one’s own. It is developed at the cross-section of epistemology, cognitive science and psychology and is also closely connected to other constructs such as meta-cognition, self-awareness; reflection, empathy etc. This book discusses the development in children, brain mechanisms and social implications of the theory of mind.

(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Learning That the Mind Does Different Things: Children‘s Recognition of Differences among Mental Processes (pp. 1-20)
Bradford H. Pillow (Northern Illinois University, US)

Chapter 2 – Theory of Mind: Implications for Moral Development (pp. 21-34)
Sally K. Severino, MD (University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, US)

Chapter 3 – Theory of Mind and Pedagogical Knowledge in Children: Avenues for Future Research (pp. 35-42)
Leïla Bensalah (Cognition, Health & Socialization Laboratory, University of Reims, France)

Chapter 4 – Self-Awareness, Inner Speech, and Theory of Mind in Typical and ASD Individuals: A Critical Review (pp. 43-114)
Alain Morin, Eaman El-Sayed and Famira Racy (Department of Psychology, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Chapter 5 – An Etiology of Theory of Mind in Deep Time (pp. 115-144)
Robert G. Bednarik (International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO), Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

Chapter 6 – Theory of Mind and Autism Spectrum Disorders (pp. 145-170)
Vanya L. Matanova, PhD, DSc, and Drozdstoy St. Stoyanov, MD, PhD, PGCert (Sofia University, Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, Medical University Plovdiv)


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