Empathy and Theory of Mind and body in evolution.
2007 (English)In: Communication, Action, Meaning. A Festschrift to Jens Allwood, 343-361 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
Sustainable developmentThe content falls within the scope of Sustainable Development
Three mutually exclusive theoretical explanations have been proposed to describe how
Theory of Mind processes work, namely by imitation, by simulation or by representation.
This paper claims that all three theories are correct and that the realization of empathy
in discourse is a good source of evidence for that. Instead of being three exclusive
theories these are three compatible mechanisms, which reflect different stages of
cognitive evolution. Furthermore, the somatic and emotive bias of cognition, the
complexity of Theory of Mind processes and the fundamental role empathy plays in
interaction altogether point to a new metaphor of communication, namely
communication as a caress.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Department of Linguistics, Gothenburg University , 2007. 343-361 p.
emotion, theory of mind, cognitive science, pragmatics, empathy, cognitive science and pragmatics
Human Computer Interaction
Research subject Bussiness and IT
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