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Theory of mind (ToM)—the ability to infer someone else's mental states, such as intention, thoughts and feelings—is a crucial cognitive function for normal social behaviour and interactions. Over the last decade there has been an increasing interest to explore how behavioural dysfunctions in neurodegenerative patients, such as in behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), can be explained by ToM deficits and how such deficits can aide diagnostics. This is particularly relevant in cases with behavioural disturbances where the underlying pathology (ie, bvFTD vs Alzheimer's disease (AD)) is not clearly obvious. However, there is currently no consensus as to …
Contributors MB and MH have written and revised the paper.
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