The UC San Diego/Salk Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) will host a free symposium on “Mind Reading: Human Origins and Theory of Mind,” 1 - 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18 in De Hoffmann Auditorium, Salk Institute, 10010 N. Torrey Pines Road.
The phrase “Theory of Mind” (ToM) has historically referred to the ability to attribute mental states to oneself and to others, but has been used in a variety of ways during the 35 years since the original Premack and Woodruff paper. The analysis of ToM has been the subject of many papers in developmental psychology and in anthropogeny, the latter focusing on differences in mental performance between humans versus other mammals and birds. Because precise definition is necessary for rigorous scientific analysis, the first talk will focus on what ToM is. The rest of the talks will cover the Ontogeny of Human ToM, relevant information on other mammals and birds, and the neuronal correlates and mechanisms of human ToM performance. The half-day symposium is free and open to the public, though registration is required. A live webcast will be offered for those who would like to view the proceedings remotely. To register and to see the list of speakers and talks, visit