Social-affective origins of mindreading and metacognition

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (2):160-161 (2009)
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Abstract

The engineer's look at how the mind works omits a central piece of the puzzle. It ignores the dynamic of motivations and the social context in which mindreading and metacognition evolved and developed in the first place. Mindreading and metacognition derive from a primacy of affective mindreading and meta-affectivity (e.g., secondary emotions such as shame or pride), both co-emerging in early development

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