Do gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) and orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) fail to represent objects in the context of cohesion violations?

Trix Cacchione*, Josep Call

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Abstract

Recent research suggests that witnessing events of fission (e.g., the splitting of a solid object) impairs human infants', human adults', and non-human primates' object representations. The present studies investigated the reactions of gorillas and orangutans to cohesion violation across different types of fission events implementing a behavioral paradigm previously used with human infants. Results suggest that fission events vary in their impact on representational abilities but do not destroy apes' representations of continuously existing objects. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-203
Number of pages11
JournalCognition
Volume116
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

Keywords

  • Core knowledge
  • Object representation
  • Cognitive development
  • Comparative cognition
  • Cohesiveness and continuity
  • RANGING RHESUS-MONKEYS
  • PAN-TROGLODYTES
  • NUMBER REPRESENTATION
  • CORE KNOWLEDGE
  • GREAT APES
  • INFANTS
  • PERCEPTION
  • ONTOLOGY
  • TRACKING
  • FILES

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