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Perceiving Persons

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Abstract:

Since their discovery, mirror neurons have played a critical role in the interdisciplinary debate over how we come to understand other people, a topic often labelled 'mind-reading'. The philosopher Alvin Goldman argues that mirror neurons provide critical evidence that we come to understand others by simulating them. In this paper, I demonstrate that mirror neurons should be thought of as facilitating the perception of persons but should not be thought of as simulators. Our basic understanding of others does not come from thinking our way into their shoes but rather through seeing into their minds through their pattern behaviour

Document Type: Research Article

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Publication date: January 1, 2012

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