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Is egocentric bias evidence for simulation theory

Wallin, Annika LU (2011) In Synthese 178. p.503-514
Abstract
Revised simulation theory (Goldman, 2006) allows mental state attributions containing some or all of the attributor’s genuine, non-simulated mental states. It is thought that this gives the revised theory an empirical advantage, because unlike theory theory and rationality theory, it can explain egocentric bias (the tendency to over attribute ones’ own mental states to others). I challenge this view, arguing that theory theory and rationality theory can explain egocentricity by appealing to heuristic mindreading and the diagnosticity of attributors’ own beliefs, and that these explanations are as simple and consistent as those provided by revised simulation theory.
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mindreading, revised simulation theory, rationality theory, simulation, simulation theory, theory of mind, true false consensus effect, egocentric bias, quarantine failure, theory theory, false consensus effect, Goldman
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Synthese
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178
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503 - 514
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Springer
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0039-7857
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10.1007/s11229-009-9653-2
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English
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  author       = {Wallin, Annika},
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  keyword      = {mindreading,revised simulation theory,rationality theory,simulation,simulation theory,theory of mind,true false consensus effect,egocentric bias,quarantine failure,theory theory,false consensus effect,Goldman},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {503--514},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Synthese},
  title        = {Is egocentric bias evidence for simulation theory},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11229-009-9653-2},
  volume       = {178},
  year         = {2011},
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