[Toronto, ON] Do Apes Read Minds? A talk from Dr. Kristin Andrews

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Friday, February 1st, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Friday, February 1st, 2013 at 9:00 pm
The Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 2135- 40 St. George Street, Toronto, ON
Presented by CFI–Ontario

Typically, folk psychology is understood narrowly as mindreading—attributing beliefs and desires to others.  In my book Do Apes Read Minds? Toward a New Folk Psychology, I defend a new way of understanding folk psychology that is informed by the best science in social psychology, developmental psychology, and comparative cognition research.  On the view I develop, the folk do not understand one another primarily as receptacles of propositional attitudes, but rather as whole persons with histories, social contexts, personalities, moods, emotions, and so forth. Folk psychology is pluralistic in two dimensions—there are different kinds of practices (e.g. prediction, explanation, justification, coordination, regulation) and different cognitive tools (e.g. stereotype building and activation, personality trait attribution, mood or emotion attribution, knowledge about the situation, inductive reasoning about past behavior, generalization from self, as well as propositional attitude attribution) that can be involved in a particular folk psychological act.  Our understanding of others’ beliefs and desires is derivative of this more basic understanding, and I argue that the need to think about beliefs and desires is rare—one that arises, for example, when a person deviates from expected behavior, or violates the norms of society.  This position informs research on the evolution of mindreading abilities, and how to examine the distribution of the ability across species.
When: Friday February 1st, 7pm

Where: The Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 2135- 40 St. George Street

How Much: $10. FREE for CFI Members (please email jwarner@cficanada.ca to confirm space

To register online please visit the CFI-Ontario event page.