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Frontal and Temporo-Parietal Lobe Contributions to Theory of Mind: Neuropsychological Evidence
 

Summary: Frontal and Temporo-Parietal Lobe Contributions
to Theory of Mind: Neuropsychological Evidence
from a False-Belief Task with Reduced Language
and Executive Demands
Ian A. Apperly, Dana Samson, Claudia Chiavarino,
and Glyn W. Humphreys
Abstract
& A model of the functional and anatomical basis of belief
reasoning is essential for understanding the relationship be-
tween belief reasoning and other cognitive processes in both
normal development and pathology. Studies of brain-damaged
patients can give valuable insights into the nature of belief
processing but pose unique methodological problems. The
current study addresses these problems by using a nonlin-
guistic belief-reasoning task with substantially reduced execu-
tive demands. A case series of 12 brain-damaged patients is
presented. The belief-reasoning errors of four patients with
damage to the prefrontal cortex appeared to arise from these
patients' executive function problems. The belief-reasoning
errors of three patients with damage to the temporo-parietal

  

Source: Apperly, Ian - School of Psychology, University of Birmingham

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine