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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: [2010] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 22nd Biennial Mtg (Montréal, QC) > PSA 2010 Contributed Papers.

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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)
    Keywords: Modularity, Theory of Mind, Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
    Conferences and Volumes: [2010] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 22nd Biennial Mtg (Montréal, QC) > PSA 2010 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Mr Marcus P Adams
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2011 20:36
    Last Modified: 24 Mar 2011 20:36
    Item ID: 8529
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8529

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