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    From heart to mind: linking interoception, emotion, and theory of mind

    Shah, Punit and Catmur, C. and Bird, Geoffrey (2017) From heart to mind: linking interoception, emotion, and theory of mind. [Letter]

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    Theory of Mind (ToM) is traditionally characterized as the ability to represent mental states. Such a characterization leaves little room for studying individual differences in ToM – individuals either can, or cannot, represent mental states – and this binary classification cannot quantify the subtle individual differences observed in typical and atypical populations. In recognition of this problem, attempts have been made to provide a more detailed characterization of the constituent psychological processes which support the representation of mental states (Happé et al., 2017, Schaafsma et al., 2015), and the neurocomputational principles underpinning ToM (Koster-Hale & Saxe, 2013), in order to identify the source of individual differences. A recent model is of interest as it forwards the novel argument that interoception, perception of the internal state of the body, is a fundamental component of ToM (Ondobaka, Kilner, & Friston, 2017). Here we report the first test of the link between interoception and ToM.


    Item Type: Letter
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Mentalizing, Theory of mind, Interoception, Cardiac perception, Emotion, Predictive coding, Insula, Alexithymia, Mindreading
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2017 13:01
    Last Modified: 29 Mar 2022 21:28


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