A Second Look at Automatic Theory of Mind

TitleA Second Look at Automatic Theory of Mind
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsPhillips, J., Ong D. C., Surtees A. D. R., Xin Y., Williams S., Saxe R., & Frank M. C.
JournalPsychological Science
Pagination1353 - 1367
Date Published08/2015

In recent work, Kovács, Téglás, and Endress (2010) argued that human adults automatically represented other agents’ beliefs even when those beliefs were completely irrelevant to the task being performed. In a series of 13 experiments, we replicated these previous findings but demonstrated that the effects found arose from artifacts in the experimental paradigm. In particular, the critical findings demonstrating automatic belief computation were driven by inconsistencies in the timing of an attention check, and thus do not provide evidence for automatic theory of mind in adults.

Short TitlePsychol Sci