Chimpanzee social cognition

J Call*

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Abstract

In the late 1970s, Premack and Woodruff asked whether chimpanzees had a theory of mind. The answer to this question has remained elusive. Whereas some authors argue that chimpanzees are capable of mental state attribution, others maintain that they simply learn certain cues in ertain situations. Recent studies challenge both views. On the one hand, chimpanzees know much more about seeing than cue-based explanations suggest; on the other hand, this knowledge does not necessarily entail understanding of the mental states of others. The hypothesis I put forward here is that chimpanzees learn cues in social situations but that they are also capable of knowledge abstraction to solve novel problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-393
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume5
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2001

Keywords

  • CALIFORNIA SEA LION
  • PAN-TROGLODYTES
  • SAIMIRI-SCIUREUS
  • EYE GAZE
  • MONKEYS
  • CONSPECIFICS
  • SYMBOLS
  • FOLLOW
  • EQUIVALENCE
  • ORDINALITY

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