Mind Attribution is for Morality

Liane Young, Adam Gray Waytz

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Mental state reasoning is crucial for moral evaluation and social interaction. In the first half of the paper, we discuss recent and ongoing work on mental state reasoning for moral evaluation – judging agents from a position “on high” as an observer or a judge. In the second half of the paper, we turn to moral cognition “on the ground” – mental state reasoning for social interaction. We discuss evidence indicating distinct behavioral and neural signatures of mental state reasoning for distinct motivational contexts – for interacting with ingroups versus outgroups, for cooperation versus competition, and for affiliation versus action prediction.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Other Minds
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from Developmental Social Neuroscience
EditorsSimon Baron-Cohen, Michael Lombardo, Helen Tager-Flusberg
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherOxford University Press, Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780199692972
StatePublished - 2013


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