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Theory of Mind and psychiatry ' an introduction


Pridmore, S and Ang, GK, Theory of Mind and psychiatry ' an introduction, Australasian Psychiatry, 17, (2) pp. 117-122. ISSN 1039-8562 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/10398560802375982


Objective: 'Theory of mind' (ToM) arose from the study of primates and their social organization, and scholars in many fields - philosophy, anthropology, psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience - have contributed to this expanding topic. In this paper, we provide an overview of aspects of ToM of relevance to psychiatry. We briefly describe the origins of ToM in primates and humans and some relevant neurobiology, and then touch on possible contributions to psychopathology. Method: Wesearched for articles on PubMed and Medline, using the terms 'theory of mind', 'mirror neuron system' and 'psychiatry'. Conclusion: There is evidence that ToM deficits are important in certain psychiatric disorders. While more research is required, an appreciation of ToM will have an impact on our further understanding and management of at least some mental disorders, including autism and schizophrenia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
UTAS Author:Ang, GK (Dr Giap Ang)
ID Code:57990
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Psychiatry
Deposited On:2009-08-31
Last Modified:2010-03-30

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