Investigations of the neural basis of theory of mind - the ability to think about other people's thoughts - only recently became feasible; now, the number of such investigations and the sophistication of the results are accelerating dramatically.
The articles in this special issue use a wide range of techniques (including fMRI, EEG, TMS, and psychophisiology) and subject populations (including children, twins, and patients with developmental or acquired neural damage) to address fundamental questions about the cognitive and neural structure of theory of mind.
Topics include: (1) the relationship between theory of mind and other, perhaps "precursor", social cognitive processes, such as empathy and the perception of biological motion; (2) the relationship between theory of mind and domain-general cognitive functions, such as executive function and language; and (3) how theory of mind is deployed in real social contexts, such as social exchange.
Mark Baldassare, one of California's leading public opinion experts, gives an authoritative and highly informative view of the state during its recent years of prosperity and more recent economic insecurity. Based on findings of the most comprehensive public opinion survey in the state, this book examines the beliefs, concerns, and public policy preferences of Californians during the 1990s, focusing in particular on Californians' deep and ongoing distrust of government and the way this distrust has shaped the recent political climate. "A California State of Mind "combines an incisive analysis of long-term trends--such as population growth and changing demography--with up-to-date discussions of how the recent electricity crisis and the September 11 terrorist attacks have affected residents' distrust of government, making this book a key source for Californians as they consider the future.
This book is very simple with issues that I feel are also simple but we make them complex. I approach these issues from a personal perspective. Now in order to support my beliefs; I give you my reasons why Black people such as I act the way we do toward one another. I offer some questions, explanations, opinions, observations, life long experiences, research and solutions. We who have come from a long generation of slavery and have had our mind altered. Although the Proclamation was issued September 22, 1862 and placed into affect January 1, 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln which stated that all slaves are free. In the year 2007, way after the physical aspect of slavery is gone; we are still haunted by the Mental Slavery. Doctors have said for some time now that psychological abuse will affect you longer then physical abuse. But this is the kicker; for who ever may think this only affects Black America think again, it affects all of America. Look around you, not only does Black America have issues we as Americans have issues. Never-the-less, we can change this situation but we must first address the problems that lye in front of us. Therefore, I say let us find a solution and implement a plan. We can better America. We do not have to look or wait for another leader to appear; this may or may not happen. On the other hand, why put this weight on one person's shoulders anyways; when we are all born with two! We should solve our problems first before we help others solve theirs.Thank you again, Ryan E. Strickland
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