Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

Cognitive empathy presupposes self-awareness: Evidence from phylogeny, ontogeny, neuropsychology, and mental illness


Gordon G. Gallup Jr. a1 and Steven M. Platek a1
a1 Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY 12222 gallup@csc.albany.edu steven_platek@yahoo.com http://www.albany.edu/~gallup http://12222.<\p>gallup@csc.albany.edusteven_platek@yahoo.comhttp://www.albany.edu/~galluphttp://www.albany.edu/~sp5681

Abstract

We argue that cognitive empathy and other instances of mental state attribution are a byproduct of self-awareness. Evidence is brought to bear on this proposition from comparative psychology, early child development, neuropsychology, and abnormal behavior.



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