What mechanism guides the social researcher in inferring a choice of action from particular beliefs and desires of the agent or in reconstructing the beliefs and desires that caused an action? Through the identification process, the researcher should be able to intercept the inferential principles guiding the agent, even when those principles differ from his own. As when dealing with members of other cultures or other psychic groups, the researcher should quarantine his own principles of inferential rationality and identify those of the agent. Cognitive simulation and empathic identification are the necessary premise to understand an action and generalize it into an ideal type representing aggregate social behavior or a social phenomenon. Brain research may contribute to the knowledge of the mechanisms involved in analyzing social action. In particular, mirror neuron theory can supply an interesting explanation of the automatic simulation in mind reading and of the processes involved in empathy and verstehen. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.

Viale, R. (2011). Brain reading social action. INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF ECONOMICS, 58(3), 319-336 [10.1007/s12232-011-0130-0].

Brain reading social action

VIALE, RICCARDO
2011

Abstract

What mechanism guides the social researcher in inferring a choice of action from particular beliefs and desires of the agent or in reconstructing the beliefs and desires that caused an action? Through the identification process, the researcher should be able to intercept the inferential principles guiding the agent, even when those principles differ from his own. As when dealing with members of other cultures or other psychic groups, the researcher should quarantine his own principles of inferential rationality and identify those of the agent. Cognitive simulation and empathic identification are the necessary premise to understand an action and generalize it into an ideal type representing aggregate social behavior or a social phenomenon. Brain research may contribute to the knowledge of the mechanisms involved in analyzing social action. In particular, mirror neuron theory can supply an interesting explanation of the automatic simulation in mind reading and of the processes involved in empathy and verstehen. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.
Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico
Mindreading, Empathy, Mirror neurons, Social action, Simulation
English
2011
58
3
319
336
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Viale, R. (2011). Brain reading social action. INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF ECONOMICS, 58(3), 319-336 [10.1007/s12232-011-0130-0].
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