Re: Theory of Mind

From: Cherry, Sandra (
Date: Fri Feb 28 1997 - 09:33:07 GMT

> > sc> it is believed that some autistic people...
> > sc> can not take into account others mental states,
> >
> > Interesting point. Is this also along the lines of Piaget's
> > theory of egocentrism, whereby children (not necessarily
> > autistic) are unable to see things from other people's point
> > of view? Or have I missed the point? Hurden, Jackie
> Harnad replied:
> Along with the theory that some autistic children cannot take into
> account other people's mental state there is evodence that before
> a certain age the normal child cannot do it either.

I believe that it was Margaret Donaldson who said that
there are even some "normal" adults who occasionaly have
egocentric thoughts. Myself included! So we could say that
it is not confined to autistic people, nor children, but
present in other members of the population as well. Sandra.

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