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Defending simulation theory against the argument from error

Short, Timothy L.; Riggs, Kevin J.


Timothy L. Short


We defend the Simulation Theory of Mind against a challenge from the Theory Theory of Mind. The challenge is that while Simulation Theory can account for Theory of Mind errors, it cannot account for their systematic nature. There are Theory of Mind errors seen in social psychological research with adults where persons are either overly generous or overly cynical in how rational they expect others to be. There are also Theory of Mind errors observable in developmental data drawn from Maxi-type false belief tests. We provide novel responses to several examples showing that Simulation Theory can answer these challenges.


Short, T. L., & Riggs, K. J. (2016). Defending simulation theory against the argument from error. Mind & language, 31(2), 248-262.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 3, 2015
Online Publication Date Apr 4, 2016
Publication Date 2016-04
Deposit Date Apr 17, 2015
Publicly Available Date Apr 4, 2018
Journal Mind and language
Print ISSN 0268-1064
Electronic ISSN 1468-0017
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 2
Pages 248-262
Keywords Simulation theory
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Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in: Mind and language, 2016. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.


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