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The Neural Basis of Mentalizing

  • Provides a comprehensive review of the extant research on the neural mechanisms of mentalizing

  • Integrates viewpoints from numerous prominent scholars in the fields of social-cognitive and affective neuroscience

  • Facilitates cross talk and integration between different disciplines and theoretical perspectives

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Table of contents (34 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. A Guide to the Neural Bases of Mentalizing

      • Michael Gilead, Kevin N. Ochsner
      Pages 3-16
    3. Mapping Mentalising in the Brain

      • Chris D. Frith, Uta Frith
      Pages 17-45
  3. The Boundaries of Mentalizing

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 47-47
    2. Early Theory of Mind Development: Are Infants Inherently Altercentric?

      • Charlotte Grosse Wiesmann, Victoria Southgate
      Pages 49-66
    3. Towards the Integration of Social Cognition and Social Motivation in Autism Spectrum Disorder

      • Julia Parish-Morris, Robert T. Schultz, John D. Herrington
      Pages 67-83
    4. Self-Other Distinction

      • Tslil Simantov, Michael Lombardo, Simon Baron-Cohen, Florina Uzefovsky
      Pages 85-106
    5. Mentalizing in Nonhuman Primates

      • Alyssa M. Arre, Laurie R. Santos
      Pages 131-147
    6. Empathic Accuracy: Empirical Overview and Clinical Applications

      • Céline Hinnekens, William Ickes, Liesbet Berlamont, Lesley Verhofstadt
      Pages 149-170
    7. Flexible Social Cognition: A Context-Dependent Failure to Mentalize

      • Melissa Jhurry, Lasana T. Harris
      Pages 189-206
  4. Theoretical Approaches

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 207-207
    2. Linking Models of Theory of Mind and Measures of Human Brain Activity

      • Sean Dae Houlihan, Joshua B. Tenenbaum, Rebecca Saxe
      Pages 209-235
    3. Mental Files and Teleology

      • Josef Perner, Markus Aichhorn, Matthias G. Tholen, Matthias Schurz
      Pages 257-281
    4. The Organization of Social Knowledge Is Tuned for Prediction

      • Mark A. Thornton, Diana I. Tamir
      Pages 283-297
    5. Computational Models of Mentalizing

      • Bryan González, Luke J. Chang
      Pages 299-315

About this book

Humans have a unique ability to understand the beliefs, emotions, and intentions of others—a capacity often referred to as mentalizing. Much research in psychology and neuroscience has focused on delineating the mechanisms of mentalizing, and examining the role of mentalizing processes in other domains of cognitive and affective functioning. The purpose of the book is to provide a comprehensive overview of the current research on the mechanisms of mentalizing at the neural, algorithmic, and computational levels of analysis.

The book includes contributions from prominent researchers in the field of social-cognitive and affective neuroscience, as well as from related disciplines (e.g., cognitive, social, developmental and clinical psychology, psychiatry, philosophy, primatology). The contributors review their latest research in order to compile an authoritative source of knowledge on the psychological and brain bases of the unique human capacity to think about the mental states of others. The intended audience is researchers and students in the fields of social-cognitive and affective neuroscience and related disciplines such as neuroeconomics, cognitive neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, social cognition, social psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, and affective science. Secondary audiences include researchers in decision science (economics, judgment and decision-making), philosophy of mind, and psychiatry.

Keywords

  • Neural mechanisms of mentalizing
  • Functional neuroanatomy of mentalizing
  • Mentalizing in psychological functioning
  • Mind-reading capacity
  • Evolutionary advantages of mentalizing
  • Developmental trajectories of mentalizing
  • Mind-reading biases by neurotypical adults
  • Language-based capacities required for mentalizing
  • Simulation theory of mind reading
  • Inference-based theories of mentalizing
  • The "mentalizing network"
  • Language and semantic memory
  • Episodic memory and imagination
  • Top-down predictive coding
  • Mentalizing in affect and psychopathology
  • Mentalizing in cooperative and competitive interactions
  • Pro-social behavior
  • Mentalizing in value-based decision making

Editors and Affiliations

  • Psychology Department, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel

    Michael Gilead

  • Department of Psychology, Columbia University, New York, USA

    Kevin N. Ochsner

About the editors

Michael Gilead is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His research utilizes neuroimaging, experimental, and big-data methodologies to investigate humans’ symbolic cognition and the process of symbolic interaction. He has authored papers on topics such as mentalizing, mental simulation, language and cognition, emotion, and decision making. He is the recipient of the APS Rising Star award.

Kevin N. Ochsner is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. His research interests include the psychological and neural processes involved in emotion, self-control, and person perception. His teaching includes seminars on social cognitive neuroscience as well as a lecture course on experimental psychological methods for studying emotion and social cognition. Ochsner is a recipient of the Young Investigator Award from The Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Columbia University’s Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award, and the APA Division 3 New Investigator Award.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-51890-5
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)