Event Cancelled - Mindreading and interpersonal attraction


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UCL, London, UK
Tuesday 27 February 2018, 17:45 for 18:15
Organised by SCI's London Group in partnership with UCL's Chemical & Physical Society

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Most humans are good at mindreading, meaning that they are adept in interpreting signals in others’ behaviour to infer the cause of that behaviour. The behaviour in question has a proximal cause (an inner state, such as something the person is thinking) which in turn is related with a distal cause (an event in the world that triggered them to think of something in particular). The research Prof. Peter Mitchell presents will demonstrate that people are surprisingly skilled at inferring the distal cause of others’ behaviour, suggesting by implication that they can infer others’ inner states. Some people are better than others at making these inferences and some people are easier to ‘read’ than others. Recent evidence suggests that people who are easy to read also tend to be perceived as being likeable or interpersonally attractive.


Prof. Peter Mitchell, Nottingham University


Department of Chemistry
University College London
20 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AJ

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