Bootstrapping the mind

Julian Kiverstein*, Andy Clark

*Corresponding author for this work

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After offering a brief account of how we understand the shared circuits model (SCM), we divide our response into four sections. First, in section R1, we assess to what extent SCM is committed to an account of the ontogeny and phylogeny of shared circuits. In section R2, we examine doubts raised by several commentators as to whether SCM might be expanded so as to accommodate the mirroring of emotions, sensations, and intransitive actions more generally. Section R3 responds to various criticisms that relate to the account of social-learning Hurley proposes in the target article. We conclude in section R4 by responding to a number of commentators who argued for the limitation of control theory as a framework for studying social cognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-52
Number of pages12
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

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