ECOM Graduate Conference: Kinds of Mindreading

February 6, 2021

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University of Connecticut

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The aim of “Kinds of Mindreading” (Virtual Graduate Conference) is to generate interdisciplinary discussion on varieties or types of mindreading that are of interest to researchers, including philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, and anthropologists. We encourage contributions that discuss specific types of mindreading by either creating novel distinctions or by critically analyzing current and traditional distinctions pertaining to mindreading in light of new research and insights.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Helen Tager-Flusberg (Boston University, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences)

Asst. Prof. Jonathan S. Phillips (Dartmouth College, Departments of Cognitive Science, Philosophy, and Psychological and Brain Sciences)

Below are examples of potential topics (in no particular order, and with some overlaps): 

  • Implicit vs. explicit theory of mind 
  • The relationship between theory of mind and language
  • Mindreading in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Mind reading vs. Behavior reading
  • The two-systems approach to mindreading (minimal vs. full-blown mind-reading; fast/automatic process vs. slower/reflective process)  
  • Simulation-Theory vs. Theory-Theory 
  • The modularity-nativist approach to mindreading 
  • The Intentional Stance approach to mindreading 
  • Domain general vs. domain specific mechanisms of mindreading 
  • Procedural (know-how) understanding vs. theoretical understanding of mental states
  • Innate vs. learned knowledge of other minds 
  • Observational vs. inferential forms of mindreading 
  • The Embodied Cognition approach to mindreading 
  • First-person mindreading (self-mentalization) vs. third-person mindreading 
  • Metacognition vs. theory of mind

For the event link please reach out to Aliyar Ozercan aliyar.ozercan@uconn.edu.

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