I am interested in the origin, both phylogenetic and ontogenetic, of the social mind. I am attracted to the idea that the very sophisticated social abilities that humans exhibit are supported by several specialised psychological mechanisms that were selected for this purpose during evolution. I would like to find out what these mechanisms are and how they came to be.
In my research so far, I have focussed on the ability to ascribe beliefs to other people. Based on recent findings from developmental psychology and neuroscience, I maintain that this ability emerges very early on in development, even before the first birthday, and may be innate.