Species comparative studies and cognitive development

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Abstract

The comparative study of infant development and animal cognition brings to cognitive science the promise of insights into the nature and origins of cognitive skills. In this article, I review a recent wave of comparative studies conducted with similar methodologies and similar theoretical frameworks on how two core components of human cognition - object permanence and gaze following - develop in different species. These comparative findings call for an integration of current competing accounts of developmental change. They further suggest that evolution has produced developmental devices capable at the same time of preserving core adaptive components, and opening themselves up to further adaptive change, not only in interaction with the external environment, but also in interaction with other co-developing cognitive systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-125
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005

Keywords

  • CHIMPANZEES PAN-TROGLODYTES
  • FOLLOW GAZE DIRECTION
  • MONKEYS MACACA-MULATTA
  • DOGS CANIS-FAMILIARIS
  • OBJECT-CHOICE TASK
  • INVISIBLE DISPLACEMENT
  • SOCIAL COGNITION
  • JOINT ATTENTION
  • RHESUS-MONKEYS
  • HUMAN INFANTS

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