en
Scientific article
English

Behavioral Circumscription and the Folk Psychology of Belief: A Study in Ethno-Mentalizing

Published inThought, vol. 6, no. 3, p. 193-203
Publication date2017
Abstract

Is behavioral integration (i.e., which occurs when a subject's assertion that p matches her nonverbal behavior) a necessary feature of belief in folk psychology? Our data fromover 5,000 people across 26 samples, spanning 22 countries suggests that it is not.Given the surprising cross-cultural robustness of our findings, we argue that the types of evidence for the ascription of a belief are, at least in some circumstances, lexicographically ordered: assertions are first taken into account, and when an agent sincerely asserts that p, nonlinguistic behavioral evidence is disregarded. In light of this, we take ourselves to have discovered a universal principle governing the ascription of beliefs in folk psychology.

Keywords
  • Behavioral circumscription
  • Folk psychology
  • Belief
  • Cross-cultural
  • Delusions
Citation (ISO format)
ROSE, David et al. Behavioral Circumscription and the Folk Psychology of Belief: A Study in Ethno-Mentalizing. In: Thought, 2017, vol. 6, n° 3, p. 193–203. doi: 10.1002/tht3.248
Main files (1)
Article (Published version)
accessLevelRestricted
Identifiers
ISSN of the journal2161-2234
361views
1downloads

Technical informations

Creation08/31/2018 4:02:00 PM
First validation08/31/2018 4:02:00 PM
Update time03/15/2023 8:33:29 AM
Status update03/15/2023 8:33:27 AM
Last indexation01/17/2024 3:25:47 AM
All rights reserved by Archive ouverte UNIGE and the University of GenevaunigeBlack