PSYC 376 Interpreting Minds

This course provides a systematic introduction to the recent and very dynamic interdisciplinary research area in nave psychology or theory of mind. The course begins with the philosophical debates about nave or folk psychology and the key philosophical concepts that have shaped the research agenda, then surveys the main empirical data, key experiments and hypotheses about ape and child interpretation of minds, and concludes with a comparative analysis of several and much debated proposals about how the interpretation of minds is accomplished-through innate mechanisms (modules), by simulation or in terms of a nave theory.