Mind Reading: Human Origins and Theory of Mind
The phrase "Theory of Mind" (ToM) has historically referred to the ability to impute mental states to oneself and others, but has been used in a variety of ways during the 35 years since the original Premack and Woodruff paper (1978). [PDF file available below for download.] The analysis of ToM has been the subject of many papers in developmental psychology and in anthropogeny, the latter focusing on differences in mental performance between humans versus other mammals and birds. Because precise definition is necessary for rigorous scientific analysis, the first talk will focus on what ToM is. The rest of the talks will cover the Ontogeny of Human ToM, relevant information on other mammals and birds, and the neuronal correlates and mechanisms of human ToM performance.
Media for each talk can be played by clicking on icons in the "Media" column, or by clicking on the individual talk titles below and then the attachment file at the bottom of the page.
|Welcome||Ajit Varki, UC San Diego School of Medicine|
|Opening Remarks||Donald Pfaff, Rockefeller University|
|What is Theory of Mind?||Ralph Adolphs, California Institute of Technology|
|"Mind Reading" in Chimpanzees||Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Kyoto University|
|Comparing Apes and Dogs||Juliane Kaminski, University of Portsmouth|
|The Social Brain in Adolescence||Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, University College London|
|Reflections of Dolphin and Elephant Minds||Diana Reiss, Hunter College CUNY|
|Mirror Neurons and More||Michael Arbib, University of California, San Diego|
|Brain Imaging Studies||Jason Mitchell, Harvard University|
|Emergence of Theory of Mind in Human Babies||Jessica Sommerville, University of Washington|
|What Makes Humans Different?||Elizabeth Spelke, Harvard University|
|Wrap-up||Terry Sejnowski, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies|
|Question and Answer Session||All Speakers|