Constructing a theory of mind: reflections by people with autism

O'Dell, Lindsay and Brownlow, Charlotte (2004) Constructing a theory of mind: reflections by people with autism. In: British Psychological Society Developmental Psychology Conference, 2-5 Sept 2004, Leeds, United Kingdom.

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Theory of Mind is widely considered to be a key theory purporting to explain autism. The theory proposes that people with autism are impaired in their ability to appreciate their own and other peoples mental states (Baron-Cohen, 1998), and consequently can not understand that other people may have beliefs that differ from their own. This poster reflects on this hypothesis and draws on
discussions, comments and interactions by people with autism through the use of the creation of personal web pages. An examination of such web pages constructs an individual with autism who vocalises challenges to many professionally defined characteristics of autism in their ability to convey thoughts fluently via an online medium and
displays a sophisticated ability of self-reflection and insight. In particular, discussions in this poster will prioritise reflections on the theory of mind hypothesis and the methods employed by ‘experts’ to test such an assertion.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Electronic version not held.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2014 06:51
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2014 06:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: Theory of Mind; autism
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing

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