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Cognitive empathy presupposes self-awareness: Evidence from phylogeny, ontogeny, neuropsychology, and mental illness

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 January 2003

Gordon G. Gallup
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY 12222 gallup@csc.albany.edu steven_platek@yahoo.com http://www.albany.edu/~gallup 12222.<\p>gallup@csc.albany.edusteven_platek@yahoo.comhttp://www.albany.edu/~galluphttp://www.albany.edu/~sp5681
Steven M. Platek
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY 12222 gallup@csc.albany.edu steven_platek@yahoo.com http://www.albany.edu/~gallup 12222.<\p>gallup@csc.albany.edusteven_platek@yahoo.comhttp://www.albany.edu/~galluphttp://www.albany.edu/~sp5681

Abstract

We argue that cognitive empathy and other instances of mental state attribution are a byproduct of self-awareness. Evidence is brought to bear on this proposition from comparative psychology, early child development, neuropsychology, and abnormal behavior.

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© 2002 Cambridge University Press

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