Folk Psychology as Mental Simulation

[Revised entry by Luca Barlassina and Robert M. Gordon on March 28, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, figure1.svg] The capacity for "mindreading" is understood in philosophy of mind and
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[Revised entry by Luca Barlassina and Robert M. Gordon on March 28, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, figure1.svg] The capacity for "mindreading" is understood in philosophy of mind and cognitive science as the capacity to represent, reason about, and respond to others' mental states. Essentially the same capacity is also known as "folk psychology", "Theory of Mind", and "mentalizing". An example of everyday mindreading: you notice that Tom's fright embarrassed Mary and surprised Bill, who had believed that Tom wanted to try...

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