Mirroring, Mindreading, and Simulation

Alvin I. Goldman

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Mirror systems comprise of two people having the same mental state; it is a type of social interaction that emphasizes cognitive matching. This chapter focuses on the relationship between mirroring operations and mindreading. It initially discusses the meaning of "mirroring process" as an intrapersonal process involving a single individual, but this definition only makes sense in relation to "mirror system" and "mirror neuron". It then tackles, through various scientific experiments, mirroring associated with attributing intention, emotion, sensations like pain and touch, and high-level simulation. Also presented is a model concerning the relationship of the self to social cognition through the cortical midline structures and the mirror neuron system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationJoint Ventures
Subtitle of host publicationMindreading, Mirroring, and Embodied Cognition
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267674
ISBN (Print)9780199874187
StatePublished - Sep 12 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Cortical midline structures
  • Mindreading
  • Mirror neuron
  • Mirror neuron system
  • Mirror systems
  • Mirroring process


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