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The Communicative Mind

Contact: Richard Moore

The Communicative Mind is a UKRI-funded interdisciplinary project that will investigate the developmental relationship between 'Theory of Mind' (ToM) and communication in ontogeny, phylogeny, and in human history. We will use the methods of Philosophy, Developmental and Comparative Psychology, and Comparative Linguistics to evaluate evidence for the possibility that uniquely human forms of ToM are language-dependent cultural tools invented and refined by our ancestors for better explaining behaviour. We will also set out to explain why only humans use the natural languages that seemingly make higher forms of ToM reasoning possible.

The UKRI Future Leaders Fellow leading the project is Richard Moore. The first post-doc on the project is Katharina Helming, based in the department of Psychology.