Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Is mental time travel a frame-of-reference issue?

Doris Bischof-Köhlera1 and Norbert Bischofa1

a1 Department of Psychology, University of Munich, D-80802 Munich, Germany. bischof@psy.uni-muenchen.de http://www.bischof.com bischof@psy.uni-muenchen.de http://www.bischof.com

Abstract

Mental time travel and theory of mind develop, both phylo- and ontogenetically, at the same stage. We argue that this synchrony is due to the emergence of a shared competence, namely, the ability to become aware of frames of reference.

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