The Origins of Social Cognition

Graduate seminar

Bence Nanay

Spring 2013



Room C-205


Thursday, 4pm-10pm, on the following days:


February 21 (guest speaker: Josef Perner)

March 21 (guest speaker: Joelle Proust)

April 25 (guest speaker: Corrado Sinigaglia)

May 2 (guest speaker: Stephen Butterfill)

May 23 (guest speaker: Tyler Burge)


Participation in class: 25%

Presentation in class: 25%

3000 word paper at the end of the semester: 50%

No oral exam

 Readings (this may change):

February 21:

Wimmer and Perner, J. 1983 Beliefs about beliefs: Representation and constraining function of wrong beliefs in young children's understanding of deception. Cognition 13: 103-128.

Onishi, K.H., & Baillargeon, R. (2005). Do 15-month-old infants understand false beliefs? Science, 308, 255-258.

Perner, J., & Ruffman, T. 2005 Infants' insight into the mind: How deep? Science 308: 214-216.

March 21:

Proust, Joelle 1999 Can nonhuman primates read minds? Philosophical Topics, vol. 27; 203-232.

Kovacs, Agnes et al. 2010 The Social Sense: Susceptibility to Others' Beliefs in Human Infants. Science 330, 1830-1834.

April 25:

Butterfill, Stephen and Corrado Sinigaglia in press Intention and motor representation in purposive action. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

Costantini, Marcello, Giorgia Committeri and Corrado Sinigaglia 2011 Ready Both to Your and to My Hands: Mapping the Action Space of Others. PLoS One Volume 6, Issue 4, e17923.

May 2:

Apperly, I. A., & Butterfill, S. A. (2009). Do humans have two systems to track beliefs and belief-like states? Psychological Review, 116(4), 953-970.

Stephen Butterfill and Ian Apperly: How to construct a minimal Theory of Mind? Mind & Language, forthcoming.

May 23:

Tyler Burge: Origins of Objectivity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3.