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Poster

Theory of Mind Deficits Lead to a Decrease in Teleological Thinking

Poster Session X - Board: X- 117
Saturday, May 29, 2010, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
APS Exhibit Hall

Bethany T. Heywood
Institute of Cognition and Culture, Queen's University Belfast

Jesse M. Bering
Institute of Cognition and Culture, Queen's University Belfast

Teleological thinking is a cognitive error in over-attributing intentionality to non-intentionally caused events (e.g., believing God caused an earthquake). The present study examines whether theory of mind is the source of this cognitive error by comparing participants with Asperger’s syndrome to a neurotypical group in an interview about important events.

 
Subject Area: Personality/Social
Keywords: Social Cognition

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