Training theory of mind following right hemisphere damage: A pilot study

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Kristine Lundgren, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Successful communicative interactions in large part rely on an ability to infer the mental states of conversational partners. Understanding other people’s mental states, such as thoughts, beliefs, and emotions, allows us to understand and predict their behaviors. Mental states are often described in terms of two components of a “Theory of Mind” (ToM): first-order beliefs, that is, what a person believes about the world, and the more complex second-order beliefs, that is, what one person believes about the mental state of another person. Theory of Mind (ToM) deficits have been reported in individuals subsequent to RHD as well as in other populations such as autism and patients with prefrontal lesion (Baron-Cohen et al., 1985, Happe et al., 1999 and Stone et al., 1998). Theoretical accounts consider ToM in relation to, for example, executive function or empathy, or as a relatively independent cognitive ability.

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Brain and Language, 103(1-2), 209-210
Language: English
Date: 2007
Cognitive ability, Mental state, Theory of Mind

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