Universal dimensions characterize how people understand others' minds across modern and historical cultures

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Description: Humans rely on social interaction to achieve many important goals. These interactions rely in turn on people’s capacity to understand others’ mental states: their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and desires. Do different cultures achieve this ability in different ways, or do universal principles describe how all peoples understand mental states? Here we investigated mental state representation in 57 countries, 17 languages, and 4 historical societies. We quantified mental state understanding by analyzing large bodies of text produced by each culture. We then tested whether a theory of mental state representation – the 3d Mind Model – could explain which mental states were similar in each culture’s text. The model explained mental state representation in all cultures studied, suggesting that universal principles describe how people understand other minds.

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Data/code dictionary for project: /Countries crosscultural.R - primary analysis script for the country-level analyses. 3d Mind Model testing, individual dimension analyses, and model comparison with Circumplex, as well as permutation/bootstraping for inference on each. Visualization code for figures 1 and S1 (note: these also require files from naturalearthdata.com for the choropleth). Twitter/ ...

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  • Neural evidence that three dimensions organize mental state representation: Rationality, social impact, and valence

    OSF project directory for: Tamir*, Thornton*, Contreras, and Mitchell (2016). Neural evidence that three dimensions organize mental state representati...

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