Does the autistic child have a “theory of mind” ?

@article{BaronCohen1985DoesTA,
  title={Does the autistic child have a “theory of mind” ?},
  author={S. Baron-Cohen and A. Leslie and U. Frith},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={1985},
  volume={21},
  pages={37-46}
}
Abstract We use a new model of metarepresentational development to predict a cognitive deficit which could explain a crucial component of the social impairment in childhood autism. One of the manifestations of a basic metarepresentational capacity is a ‘theory of mind’. We have reason to believe that autistic children lack such a ‘theory’. If this were so, then they would be unable to impute beliefs to others and to predict their behaviour. This hypothesis was tested using Wimmer and Perner's… Expand

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