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Invisible Mind: Flexible Social Cognition and Dehumanization

Lasana T. Harris


Why do people engage in pro and anti-social behaviour? Invisible Mind takes an interdisciplinary approach to address this question, among others, by focussing on the spontaneous psychological ability social cognition, and its inherent flexibility. People get inside the minds—infer the mental states—of others, including non-human agents and animals. Such social cognition is necessary for recognising another as a full human being, deserving of being included in the boundaries of moral protection, encouraging obedience to moral and social rules during social interactions. People can also withhold ... More

Keywords: Social cognition, social neuroscience, philosophy of mind, dehumanization, social psychology, mental state inference, theory of mind, mind perception, social perception, behavioural econonomics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262035965
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lasana T. Harris, author
University College London