Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2009), 32:152-153 Cambridge University Press
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What neuroimaging and perceptions of self-other similarity can tell us about the mechanism underlying mentalizing

Michael V. Lombardoa1, Bhismadev Chakrabartia1 and Simon Baron-Cohena1

a1 Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 8AH, United Kingdom.
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Carruthers' “mindreading is prior” model postulates one unitary mindreading mechanism working identically for self and other. While we agree about shared mindreading mechanisms, there is also evidence from neuroimaging and mentalizing about dissimilar others that suggest factors that differentially affect self-versus-other mentalizing. Such dissociations suggest greater complexity than the mindreading is prior model allows.

How we know our own minds: The relationship between mindreading and metacognition Peter Carruthers Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742