Is mindreading a universal or culture-specific construct?

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Arkadiusz Gut & Michał Wilczewski

Is mindreading a universal or culture-specific construct?

  • Poster przedsatwiony na EuroAsianPacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science EAP COGSCI 2015, 10th Asian Pacific Torino, Italy, September 25-27, 2015.
  • http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1419/

We attempt to discuss the extent to which mindreading capability is culture-dependent, and to determine if cultural differences impose systematic differences in the trajectory of mindreading development and the functioning of that capability in adulthood. The account we are building up here focuses on the issue of whether culture-specific factors (esp. language, narrative practices or social scripts) function as an inner mode of mindreading (perspective taking, attribution and understanding of mental states).