Understanding self and others

from origins to disorders

Caroline Catmur*, Emily S. Cross, Harriet Over

*Corresponding author for this work

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In order to interpret and engage with the social world, individuals must understand how they relate to others. Self–other understanding forms the backbone of social cognition and is a central concept explored by research into basic processes such as action perception and empathy, as well as research on more sophisticated social behaviours such as cooperation and intergroup interaction. This theme issue integrates the latest research into self–other understanding from evolutionary biology, anthropology, psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry. By gathering perspectives from a diverse range of disciplines, the contributions showcase ways in which research in these areas both informs and is informed by approaches spanning the biological and social sciences, thus deepening our understanding of how we relate to others in a social world.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20150066
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue number1686
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • social cognition
  • self–other distinction
  • empathy
  • social neuroscience
  • autism
  • social motivation

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