Brain Awareness Video Contest

Theory of Mind: Only Human?

  • Published25 Oct 2018
  • Reviewed25 Oct 2018
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  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

Humans are social creatures. A crucial part of our sociability is our capacity to attribute thoughts, beliefs, and emotions to others. Called theory of mind, this capacity helps us infer and understand others' actions. Scientists continue to debate whether theory of mind is a uniquely human trait or whether apes also possess it.

This video is from the 2018 Brain Awareness Video Contest.

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