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Modularity, Theory of Mind, and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Adams, Marcus P (2011) Modularity, Theory of Mind, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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The theory of mind (ToM) deficit associated with autism spectrum disorder has been a central topic in the debate about the modularity of the mind. In a series of papers, Philip Gerrans and Valerie Stone argue that positing a ToM module does not best explain the deficits exhibited by individuals with autism (Gerrans 2002; Stone & Gerrans 2006a, 2006b; Gerrans & Stone 2008). In this paper, I first criticize Gerrans and Stone’s (2008) account. Second, I discuss various studies of individuals with autism and argue that they are best explained by positing a higher-level, domain-specific ToM module.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Adams, Marcus
Keywords: Modularity, Theory of Mind, Autism Spectrum Disorder
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Depositing User: Dr. Marcus P. Adams
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2011 00:36
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2011 00:36
Item ID: 8529
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Date: 24 March 2011

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