All About Mind Reading

"Mindsight" or "empathic accuracy" is the seemingly magical ability to map someone's mental terrain from their words, emotions, and body language. Those on the autism spectrum or those afflicted with psychotic disorders struggle mightily to read minds. And even the most socially intelligent are easily thrown off, because we've evolved to deceive others, and, if we're especially invested in someone, to deceive ourselves.

Recent posts on Mind Reading

The "Electrochemical Persuasion" of Neuromodulation

Deliberate stimulation of the brain to manipulate behavior reads like something out of George Orwell’s "1984," but treatment of eating disorders & obesity is no longer "brainless"

The New Science of Empathic Accuracy Could Transform Society

Contrary to popular belief, new research shows that the ability to interpret other people's emotions accurately requires more cerebral thinking and less intuition.

How to Get Your Brain Off of Autopilot

We remain trapped in autopilot thinking unless we make an effort to think intentionally. These research-based strategies will help you live an intentional life.

The 5 Most Common Coincidences

What do you think are the most common coincidences? Two different statistical approaches find answers vary.

The Appeal of Conspiracy Theories About EgyptAir MS804

By Rob Brotherton Ph.D on May 22, 2016 in Suspicious Minds
How can a seventy-year-old, 90-second animation help explain the popularity of conspiracy theories about airplane crashes?

How to Win a Turing Tournament

Both a computer's mentalistic deficits and mechanistic over-compensations could be masked in a Turing test by having it masquerade as a savant like the late Kim Peek.

Why Is It So Difficult to Tell When Someone Likes You?

Are you ever confused about someone's romantic feelings? Maybe you overlook good partners, or falsely perceive interest? Research can tell you why...and what to do about it!

How We Read People's Minds Through Their Eyes

By David Ludden Ph.D. on March 30, 2016 in Talking Apes
Our eyes are a two-way channels, providing us with information about the environment but also communicating our thoughts and intentions to others.

9 Reasons Communication Can Go Wrong in Your Relationship

The bad habits can lead to serious communication breakdowns.

How To Tell If Someone Is Being Unreasonable

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 13, 2016 in Ambigamy
Unreasonable: Unwilling or unable to explain our opinions.

The Aliens Have Landed!

Many autistics feel like visitors from another planet, and the metaphor is a good one.

This Is Your Brain at 100%

By Kevin Bennett on November 21, 2015 in Modern Minds
Is your brain operating at only 10% capacity? Here is why the answer is a lot like Bigfoot.

How to Deal With Abusive, Narcissistic and Hostile Bosses

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on October 23, 2015 in The New Resilience
The best way to deal with abusive, hostile and narcissistic bosses is to create ways to become emotionally disengaged; "indifferent" to your own emotional reactions. Here are some ways to do that and create positive responses to an unhealthy situation — as long as you remain within it.

The Stigma of Mental "Illness," Part 2

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on September 04, 2015 in The I-M Approach
With our deeper knowledge of Theory of Mind it is time to move away from the concept of pathology. As long as we keep seeing people as "sick", we should not be surprised that many are resistant to treatment. We are interested in what other people think or feel about us. All of us. This story of a man with schizophrenia illustrates the power of The I-M Approach.

A Riddle For All Ages

By Kaja Perina on August 03, 2015 in Brainstorm
When my son was old enough to understand the basic concept of infinity (but hardly its nuance), he presented me with a “trick riddle.”

7 Reasons You May Not Get What You Need

If you have trouble expressing your needs it's not necessarily because you're an introvert, but some introverted behaviors might contribute to the problem.

Shortcut to Understanding Others

By Leon Pomeroy Ph.D. on July 30, 2015 in Beyond Good and Evil
Speed Dating With Speed Testing

Reading Too Much Into the Real Face Book

We know that autistics have deficits in interpreting facial expression, but now we also know that, as predicted by the diametric model, people with schizotypal traits do the opposite and exaggerate facial expression.

The Real Turing Test: Curing Computer Autism

People would accept that machines could think if a mentalistic user-interface could be engineered to give computers the skills that autistics lack.

How To Read People’s Minds: Everyday Mind Reading

Although there is no sound evidence for ESP, there is evidence that we can develop our perceptual skills and become better at reading other people’s feelings and thoughts. Here’s how to become an everyday mindreader.

Diametric Mentalizing Imaged in Autistic & Psychotic Brains

As predicted by the diametric model, brain scanning reveals hyper-active mentalism in schizophrenics but the opposite in autistics.

Lobotomy Cuts Both Ways (Diametrically Speaking)!

A patient cured of epilepsy by brain surgery acquired hyper-mentalistic symptoms as implied by the diametric model and predicted by the imprinted brain theory.

8 Tips for Amateur Psychologists Tempted to Analyze Out Loud

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 in Ambigamy
"Don't psychologize or psychoanalyze me!" What's behind that ban and what can people interested in psychology do about it.

Reassessing Asperger's

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on May 17, 2015 in The I-M Approach
A person with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) has difficulty with Theory of Mind: our ability to appreciate another person's point of view. But AS people can be very adept at noticing what people think and feel about them. This is a different perspective on perspective: that we are more interested in what people think or feel about us and later about what they think or feel.

Can Machines 'Read' People Better Than We Can?

By Colin Ellard Ph.D. on May 08, 2015 in Mind Wandering
We are being bombarded by accounts of new technology that can read our feelings by measuring facial expressions, voice qualities, and more. Not only do accounts of such tools seem to oversimplify one of the most complex aspects of human behavior, but to the extent that we buy into them, they run the risk of allowing us to cheapen our idea of what it means to be human.

12 Ways Eye Movements Give Away Your Secrets

Eye movements unconsciously give away your secret personal information.

If Selfish Genes Build Brains, Why Aren’t We All Solipsists?

Contrary to what you might think, the “selfish gene” paradigm does not imply that we should be self-centered to the point of believing that only we exist.

Want to Damage Your Relationship? Here Are 2 Easy Ways

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on February 24, 2015 in The New Resilience
Troubled couples who seek therapy often show patterns of withdrawal and silent expectation when dealing with conflict; a kind of dance that deepens the damage to their relationships. New research shows how that happens.

Why Happy People Often Seem Tone Deaf To Negative Emotions

By David DiSalvo on January 31, 2015 in Neuronarrative
A new study finds that feeling positive doesn’t make you any better at empathy than others, and in some ways it’s a handicap.