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Excellent synopsis of Theory of Mind research in Autism,
This review is from: Mindblindness: Essay on Autism and the Theory of Mind (Bradford Books) (Paperback)
This book succincntly presents the Theory of Mind (ToM) explanation of autism, i.e. autistic people do not have a theory of mind hence they can't attribute emotions, intentions and beliefs to others. Having a 'theory of mind' largely reduces to a capacity to take another peron's perspective. While the authors are clinical psychologists, this ToM account of the underlying deficit that is autism, raises many provocative philosophical implications about self consciousness and consciousness of others, and pragmatics. Another text by Baron-Cohen and Howlin Teaching Children with Autism to Mind Read operationalises the central ideas in a ToM teaching programme and is worth exploring as a follow on text.
Obviously the primary audience for this book are those working in the field of autism research. However, if you have any interest in cognition and self consciousness whatsoever, whether philosophically or psychologically, don't pass over this book.