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Title: Empathy and Theory of Mind and body in evolution.
Authors: Martinovski, Bilyana
Editors: Alhsen, Elisabeth
Department: University of Borås. School of Business and IT
Issue Date: Aug-2007
Citation: Communication, Action, Meaning. A Festschrift to Jens Allwood
Pages: 343-361
Publisher: Department of Linguistics, Gothenburg University
Media type: text
Publication type: article, peer reviewed scientific
Keywords: emotion
theory of mind
cognitive science
Subject Category: Subject categories::Social Sciences::Social Sciences::Psychology::Human Computer Interaction
Area of Research: cognitive science and pragmatics
Strategic Research Area: Business and IT
Abstract: 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.
Sustainable development: sustainable development
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