Theory of mind—evolution, ontogeny, brain mechanisms and psychopathology

@article{Brne2006TheoryOM,
  title={Theory of mind—evolution, ontogeny, brain mechanisms and psychopathology},
  author={Martin Br{\"u}ne and Ute Br{\"u}ne-Cohrs},
  journal={Neuroscience \& Biobehavioral Reviews},
  year={2006},
  volume={30},
  pages={437-455}
}
The ability to infer other persons' mental states and emotions has been termed 'theory of mind'. It represents an evolved psychological capacity most highly developed in humans. The evolutionary origins of theory of mind can be traced back in extant non-human primates; theory of mind probably emerged as an adaptive response to increasingly complex primate social interaction. This sophisticated 'metacognitive' ability comes, however, at an evolutionary cost, reflected in a broad spectrum of… Expand
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